The Bombay High Court on Wednesday extended till July 6 the interim relief from arrest granted to IPS officer Rashmi Shukla in the phone tapping case. A bench of Justice Nitin Jamdar and Justice NR Borkar restrained the Mumbai Police from taking any coercive action against Shukla in connection with the FIR lodged against him at Colaba police station here in February this year in connection with the alleged phone tapping.
In a petition filed through advocate Sameer Nangre, Shukla claimed that he was falsely implicated in the case and the FIR was politically motivated. The FIR was registered following a complaint lodged by senior police officer Rajiv Jain, accusing Shukla of keeping the phone numbers of Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut and NCP leader Eknath Khadse under surveillance. Earlier, a division bench of Justices Prasanna B Varale and Sriram M Modak had granted interim relief to Shukla.
On March 4 this year, another bench of the High Court had granted protection from arrest to Shukla till March 25, seeking quashing of the FIR lodged against him at Pune’s Bund Garden police station. The Pune FIR is in connection with the alleged illegal phone tapping of state Congress President Nana Patole.
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