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IPS officer Rashmi Shukla accused of phone tapping by Thackeray Govt likely to be included in DGP rank

Last updated: October 26, 2022, 00:00 IST

Former Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray (File photo: PTI)

Former Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray (File photo: PTI)

Rashmi Shukla, a Maharashtra senior officer of the 1988 batch, is currently on central deputation as an additional director general of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) in Hyderabad

Indian police officer Rashmi Shukla, accused of phone tapping by the previous government of Maha Vikas Aghadi, is likely to be added to the rank of Director General of Police (DGP), an official said Tuesday. The empanelment will pave the way for her return to Maharashtra, he said.

Shukla, a Maharashtra cadre officer of the 1988 batch, is currently on central deputation as an additional director general of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) in Hyderabad. She was expected to be appointed to the rank of DGP by the central government, after which she may be given a new position in the Center of Maharashtra, the interior ministry official said.

During the previous BJP-Shiv Sena alliance government led by Devendra Fadnavis between 2014-19, Shukla had held several important positions, including Commissioner of Police in Pune and Commissioner of the State Intelligence Department (SID).

After the Shiv Sena-NCP Congress government came to power, three separate cases were registered in Pune and Mumbai against her for allegedly illegal tapping of the phones of state congressman Nana Patole, NCP leader Eknath Khadse and Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut. The tapping occurred when she was Pune Police Commissioner and later headed the SID, it was alleged. Recently, after the new government led by Eknath Shinde took over, the Pune police filed a closing report with the court saying there was no evidence.

Another case has been registered against her at Colaba Police Station in Mumbai for alleged wiretaps while she was Commissioner, SID. A third case was registered by the cyber police for alleged leakage of the wiretapping report. The case was handed over to the CBI after the Shinde-Devendra Fadnavis government came to power. A senior official said Shukla’s transfer back to Maharashtra was expected to take a few more months. “The Interior Ministry will first send a report to the Center after it is acquitted of all three cases,” he said.

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