An official claimed that NCP leader Eknath Khadse came before the Colaba police on Thursday to record his statement as a witness in the case filed against senior IPS officer Rashmi Shukla for allegedly illegally tapping politicians’ phones.
Mr Khadse claimed he arrived at the Colaba police station in south Mumbai at 11 a.m. and that his testimony is being recorded by a police inspector-rank officer.
The FIR against Rashmi Shukla was filed in March at the Colaba police station under the Indian Telegraph Act and relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code, following a complaint from a senior police officer who accused her of spying on Mr Khadse, a former BJP leader, and Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut’s phone numbers.
According to authorities, the suspected unlawful phone tapping occurred when Rashmi Shukla was the chief of the State Intelligence Department (SID).
According to the allegation, Mr Khadse’s phone was reportedly tapped twice in 2019 when he was working for the BJP. In October 2020, he will join the NCP.
In addition to Khadse, the phone of Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut was tapped during the formation of the Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) administration (in November 2019), according to a police officer.
Rashmi Shukla was charged after a complaint was filed by the Additional Commissioner of Police (Special Branch), he added.
The Colaba police had summoned Mr Khadse to record his statement as a witness in the case while the inquiry was ongoing. As a result, the NCP leader went to the police station, where his testimony was recorded, he claimed.