Audio-clip sting: Sedition case on Hooda aide for ‘flaring up Jat stir’

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Rohtak
  • Updated: Feb 24, 2016 21:36 IST
From left: Virender with former Haryana Vidhan Sabha speaker Kuldeep Sharma and ex-CM Bhupinder Hooda. (HT File Photo)

The Rohtak police on Wednesday registered an FIR against former chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda’s fclose aide Prof Virender on sedition charges for his alleged involvement in flaring up the Jat agitation.

The base of the FIR is the audio clip of the telephonic conversation which was released in the section of media recently.  The 90-second clip between Virender and a Khap leader has gone viral on the Internet recently.

Talking to HT, Rohtak Civil Lines police incharge Sandeep Punia said Virender Singh has been booked under section 109, 120 (B),124 (A) and 153 (A), 153 (B) and 427 of the Indian Penal Code and Section 3 of the Damage to Public Property Act. However, the name of the complainant was not disclosed.

Meanwhile, Rohtak superintendent of police (SP) Shashank Anand who was on training leave during the riots has also joined his office on Wednesday morning.

Here’s the clip:

A couple of days ago, after the clip came out, leader of opposition in Haryana assembly, Abhay Singh Chautala said the clip made it clear how “attempt” was being made to “instigate” the protesters “sitting peacefully”. While the INLD leader sought an inquiry and punishment to those found guilty of instigating the protesters, he also said, “One thing becomes clear that the government is illegally tapping everyone’s phones.”

When contacted, Virender had told PTI, “I don’t know if my phone was being tapped. But someone has uploaded the clip with malafide intention.” He said he was talking to Khap leader Capt Man Singh over phone. “Nowhere have I talked about instigating Jats or anyone. Moreover, the conversation is an old one, much before the current unrest started,” he said. “I am, in fact, telling him that peace should not be disturbed. Where have I talked about instigating anyone? The clip has been doctored,” he claimed.

Health minister Anil Vij had said that when despite government’s attempts the stir intensified it was suspected some forces wanted it to flare up. “We suspected there was some director behind the scene who was trying to inflict damage on the state to reap political benefits. Our government will order an inquiry into the clip which has gone viral. Anyone who is found guilty of inflaming passions won’t be spared,” Vij had told reporters.

Education minister Ram Bilas Sharma had even said that he had heard the audio clip and the matter was “crystal clear”. (with PTI inputs)

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