Union Minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat has been notified by the Rajasthan Anti Corruption Bureau (ACB) in an alleged horse trafficking case linked to allegations of a conspiracy to overthrow the government of Ashok Gehlot in 2020.
The notice was issued by a court in Jaipur after the ACB filed a review request to request voice samples from Gajendra Singh Shekhawat.
The minister has been asked to submit his answer before July 14, sources said. Last year, a lower court rejected the anti-graft body’s plea seeking vote samples from the Union minister. Subsequently, the ACB submitted a request for review, to which the court has now requested Mr Shekhawat’s reply.
Shortly after the message was sent to Mr Singh, Prime Minister Ashok Gehlot launched a scathing attack on the Union minister, claiming he and Congress leader Sachin Pilot tried to oust his government two years ago.
Mr Gehlot’s comments come after Mr Shekhawat at a meeting in the city of Chomu, Jaipur, that if Sachin Pilot had not missed the opportunity to change the government in Rajasthan, then water would have come through the Eastern Rajasthan Canal Project. .
“Now you take the name of Sachin Pilot that he missed the opportunity, which shows that you worked with him,” said Mr Gehlot.
The Chief Minister said Shekhawat continued to save himself but eventually received the court. “What’s the problem with giving voice samples?” he asked.
Amid an uprising led by then-Deputy Prime Minister Sachin Pilot in 2020, three audio clips had appeared online in which some rebel congress leaders appeared to be talking to a BJP leader and discussing bribes to overthrow Ashok Gehlot’s government.
Congress had then claimed that the audio clips had voices from Gajendra Singh, rebel congressional MLAs Bhanwar Lal Sharma and Vishvendra Singh.
Congress leader Mahesh Josh then reported FIRs to the Anti-Corruption Bureau and Special Operations Group (SOG) based on the audio clips.