Rajasthan Crisis: FIRs Lodged On Complaints Of Horse Trading
Ashok Gehlot speaks during a virtual video conference in Rajasthan. (Photo: Ashok Gehlot/Twitter)

Rajasthan Crisis: FIRs Lodged On Complaints Of Horse Trading

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The Rajasthan Police registered two FIRs on Friday on a complaint lodged by the Congress over the alleged conspiracy to topple the Ashok Gehlot government through horse trading of MLAs.

Congress spokesperson Randeep Surjewala had earlier in the day demanded the arrest of union minister and BJP leader Gajendra Singh Shekhawat and rebel Congress MLA Bhanwarlal Sharma after two audio clips surfaced pertaining to the alleged conspiracy.

Though the Congress leader mentioned Shekhawat during the media briefing, there was no mention of the leader's name in the FIR lodged by party chief whip Mahesh Joshi. The complaint mentions "Gajendra Singh" but does not say if it pertains to the union minister.

Union minister Shekhawat said his voice was not in those recordings and that he was ready to face any probe.

Rajasthan’s Additional Director General of Police (ATS and SOG), Ashok Rathore, told PTI that "Two FIRs have been registered under IPC sections 124-A (sedition) and 120-B (Conspiracy) to probe into horse trading of MLAs and the alleged audio recordings that went viral on social media."

He said Sanjay Jain, whose name surfaced in one of the audio recordings, was called for interrogation on Thursday and is being further questioned.

Talking to reporters, Joshi claimed, "We can recognise the voice of Bhanwarlal Sharma. He is heard talking with Sanjay Jain and then Union Minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat. Those who have heard the audio feel that the voice matches with that of Gajendra Singh Shekhawat."

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Joshi on Thursday night had lodged a complaint demanding a probe and registration of an FIR under sedition charges against three persons, including Sharma, Gajendra Singh and Jain after the audio clips went viral.

"I had lodged a complaint with the Special Operations Group after audio recordings went viral on social media to investigate the matter. FIR has been registered but I am yet to receive its copy," he said.

The SOG has so far registered three FIRs based on complaints of alleged horse trading of legislators.

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