Baghel gets notice from Supreme Court

Chhattisgarh CM Bhupesh Baghel has been issued a notice by the Supreme Court regarding a matter filed by his director general of police (DGP) Mukesh Gupta. Senior IAS officer Anil Tuteja and the state have also been issued notices.

In an unprecedented move, the court has not only stayed the proceedings in all the three cases but has also issued notices to all respondents to file their replies.

Gupta is being investigated by the Economic Offence Wing (EOW) for illegal phone tapping amongst other things. An FIR has also been lodged against him at the Supela police station by his brother-in-law, Miki Mehta, who has alleged that he had goaded his sister to suicide.

In his 245-page petition, Gupta has made some allegations against Baghel. The gist is that he is being hounded because he had registered a case against Baghel when he was the ADG of the EOW. He had cited other instances where he was “specifically targeted” by an administration.

Mahesh Jethmalani has successfully demonstrated to the court the malafide intent in Baghel’s approach. He has pointed out that Anil Tuteja is the complainant against his client.

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