Alok Tripathi, DG, ACB
JAIPUR: The state’s anti-corruption bureau (ACB) has also registered an FIR after complaint by Congress chief whip Mahesh joshi with regard to the two audio clips in which the callers could be heard talking about alleged attempts to topple Rajasthan’s present government.
On Friday, Joshi had filed a complaint with the ACB following which the FIR was registered, claimed officials.
“Joshi had come to us on Friday to give his statement and also gave us the audio clips. After deliberation over the matter, it was decided to register an FIR, ”said Alok Tripathi, DG, ACB.
The officials claimed that the audio recordings will be sent to FSL for testing and added, “The audio clips will be tested to check their authenticity and to determine if they have been fabricated or doctored in any way.”
In the complaint, Joshi had mentioned the names of three individuals who were heard in the audio clips — MLA Bhanwarlal Sharma, Sanjay jain and Gajendra singh, though it does not specify if it is the voice of the Union minister.
Talking about the investigation, Tripathi said, “we will first identify the accused after the audio clips have been authenticated following which the investigation will progress as per the process”.
The DG also stated that on June 10, they had received a complaint from Joshi in connection with perceived horse-trading of MLAs and said, “after receiving the complaint, we started a confidential investigation into the matter and the investigation is underway”.
The FIR was registered under the Prevention of Corruption Act.
After the Special Operations Group (SOG) arrested two businessmen whose phone conversation was intercepted by officials, ACB had also initiated a preliminary investigation into the involvement of three independent MLAs who were apparently offering money to political leaders on behalf of BJP though they are yet to be questioned in the matter.