Mumbai: The phones of Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut and NCP leader Eknath Khadse were tapped on the pretence of them being anti-social elements, Mumbai police claimed on Wednesday.
During the inquiry, it was discovered that some additional names were named as anti-social characters in the State Intelligence Department (SID) letter that was given to the Additional Chief Secretary (ACS) Home for phone tapping, which is why the ACS approved it, according to Mumbai police.
Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader Eknath Khadse’s phone was tapped for 67 days, while Shiv Sena politician Sanjay Raut’s was tapped for 60 days, according to police.
Mr Raut reacted to the situation by claiming that then-SID commissioner Rashmi Shukla unfairly labelled both leaders.
“The then SID commissioner Rashmi Shukla falsely labelled all of us whose phones were tapped as anti-social elements during government formation in 2019,” Mr Raut said.
“Our privacy was breached. Centre giving protection to such police officers who are working for one party,” he added.
The Mumbai Police recorded Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut’s testimony in the unlawful phone tapping case against senior IPS officer Rashmi Shukla earlier this month in the second week of the month.