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Centre, CBI face off on prosecuting Jogi
January 08, 2007 19:41 IST
The opinion against prosecuting former Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Ajit Jogi in the cash for legislator scam has yet again brought to fore differences between the government's legal wing and the Central Bureau of Investigation whose investigators wanted to file a chargesheet against him in the 2003 case.
On December 9, 2003, the CBI registered a case under Prevention of Corruption Act against Jogi, his son Amit and defected BJP parliamentarian P R Khunte for allegedly trying to bribe BJP legislators following which raids were also conducted at the Raipur and Delhi residence of Jogi and his son Amit.
The agency also registered a case against all the three under section 34 of the Indian Penal Code, which says that 'when a criminal act is committed by several persons in furtherance of the common intention of all, each of such persons is liable for the act in the same manner as if it were done by him alone.'
The FIR also cites Section 120-B (criminal conspiracy) against all three of them besides some sections of Prevention of Corruption Act, which includes bribery and receiving grafts.
The case was transferred from the Anti-Corruption Bureau in Chhattisgarh, which had registered a case against Jogi when he was in office.
The Centre for Forensic and Scientific Laboratory, which examined the taped telephonic conversation between Jogi and BJP legislator Virendra Pandey for ensuring defection of newly elected BJP legislators after Congress was routed in 2003 polls, had found that the voices matched and were genuine.
During its course of investigations, the CBI examined over 50 people, including Jogi, Khunte and other legislators, in connection with the scam and also questioned Jogi's staff, including his driver. The CBI had found the bank account from which the money was allegedly given to Virender Pandey.