The Special Operations Group (SOG) of Rajasthan has picked up two BJP leaders for interrogation in the case regarding an alleged attempt to destabilise the Ashok Gehlot government in Rajasthan.
The BJP leaders who have been picked up by the SOG for interrogation include Ashok Singh Metwala and Bharat Malani.
Singh was picked up by the SOG from Udaipur whereas Malani was taken into custody from Rajasthan’s Beawar.
The FIR registered by the SOG mentions details of the conversation on the basis of which it was registered. It is alleged in the FIR that during the conversation, it is mentioned that Rs 1,000 to 2,000 crore can be earned through removing current (Gehlot) government and placing another one.
The FIR also mentions that during the conversation, it is mentioned that new the chief minister will be appointed after removing the current government. However, the BJP wants the chief minister to be of their choice. The conversation further says that the deputy chief minister (Sachin Pilot) can be made minister at the Centre but the deputy CM wants to be the CM himself.
It also states that as per conversation, all preparations were made to dislodge the current government before the Rajya Sabha elections.
As per the FIR, names of two MLAs, Kushalgarh MLA Ramila Khadia and Bagidora MLA Mahendrajeet Singh Malviya, were mentioned during the conversation.
The FIR, as per SOG, has been registered on the basis of a conversation between two individuals. The case has been registered under sections 124 A and 120 B of the IPC.
“What we have known in the case on the basis of conversation between two individuals. As per that conversation, it appears that a conspiracy of this kind was being hatched and for investigation of the same, a case has been registered … FIR has been registered under sections 124 A and 120 B of IPC. Case is of sedition (of trying to destabilise a democratically elected government)”, Ashok Kumar Rathore, ADGP, SOG, told a news channel.
The tussle between Congress and BJP had raised the political temperature in Rajasthan in the run-up to the crucial Rajya Sabha polls last month.
A letter was written by Congress’ senior leader and party’s chief whip in state Assembly, Mahesh Joshi, to the Director-General of Police of Rajasthan and to Director General of Anti Corruption Department in the state. It became the trigger for bitter partisan politics in Rajasthan days before the crucial Rajya Sabha polls.
The letter mentioned, “Through extremely reliable sources, it has come to my knowledge that on the lines of Karnataka, Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh, an abominable attempt is being made to destabilise democratically elected government in the state which is completely devoted towards public welfare by offering huge enticements to our MLAs and independent MLAs supporting us.”
Later, the complaint in the matter, as per Rajasthan Government, was made to the SOG.