Sanjay Jain arrested in connection with conspiracy to topple Rajasthan govt.

Congress leader Randeep Surjewala had referred to Mr. Jain as a BJP leader, a charge denied by that party.

July 18, 2020 06:54 am | Updated 10:35 am IST - Jaipur

Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot leaves a Jaipur hotel where Congress leaders and MLAs are staying on July 16, 2020.

Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot leaves a Jaipur hotel where Congress leaders and MLAs are staying on July 16, 2020.

The Special Operations Group (SOG) of Rajasthan Police on Friday arrested Sanjay Jain whose name had surfaced in a viral audio recording about horse trading of legislators to topple the Ashok Gehlot-led Congress government in Rajasthan, an official said.

“Jain has been arrested following interrogation into the FIR lodged on the basis of audio recording that had gone viral on social media,” Additional Director General (ATS and SOG) Ashok Rathore said.

Mr. Jain was interrogated Thursday and Friday following which the arrest has been made, officials said.

Congress Chief Whip Mahesh Joshi had lodged a complaint demanding a probe and registration of an FIR under sedition charges against three persons — Congress MLA Bhanwarlal Sharma, Gajendra Singh and Sanjay Jain — who were allegedly discussing a conspiracy to topple the state government in one of the three audio recordings that went viral on social media Thursday.

Congress leader Randeep Surjewala had referred to Mr. Jain as a BJP leader, a charge denied by that party.

The SOG had earlier on Friday registered two FIRs under IPC sections 124-A (sedition) and 120-B (conspiracy) to probe into the complaint related to horse trading of MLAs and the alleged audio recordings.

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