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IPS Officer Rashmi Shukla approaches Bombay HC for protection in FIR lodged by Mumbai Police

Indian Police Services (IPS) officer Rashmi Shukla has approached the Bombay High Court seeking to quash the FIR registered by the Mumbai Police against unknown persons for leaking information pertaining to police postings.

The FIR was registered by the Cyber Crime Department, Mumbai under the Official Secrets Act against unidentified persons over alleged call intercepts and leaking of certain confidential documents by Shukla when she was heading the State Intelligence Department.

The plea filed through Advocate Sameer Nangre has sought urgent reliefs of “no-coercive action” by the Maharashtra government and the Mumbai Police on the apprehension of Shukla’s arrest in connection with the FIR.

It is stated in the plea that Shukla has exposed the nexus between ministers and politicians on the gross corruption in assigning posting to police officers.

Instead of applauding Shukla’s courage and integrity in performing her official duties and making her best endeavours to expose and eliminate corruption, the government authorities are framing her in a false criminal case, the plea states.

The approach of the Maharashtra government is to arm-twist her by filing a bogus and frivolous case against her, Shukla has claimed in her plea.

Shukla is currently posted in Hyderabad as Additional Director General of South Zone, Central Reserve Police Force.

She was summoned by the Mumbai police on April 26, 2021. However she sent a response expressing her inability to remain present due to the COVID situation. Thereafter, the police sent her fresh summons on April 28, 2021 for recording of her statement.

Nangre has moved the High Court for an urgent hearing. The plea is likely to be listed before the Bench of Justices SS Shinde and Manish Pitale during this week.

 

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