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Clean chit to Jaswant in opium case
August 13, 2008 23:44 IST
A special court on Wednesday gave a clean chit to former External Affairs Minister and senior Bharatiya Janata Party leader Jaswant Singh and nine others in the infamous opium case which surfaced in October last year.
Apart from Jaswant Singh, the special court of Narcotics and Anti-Drug Substances in Jodhpur [Images] absolved six party legislators, including three cabinet ministers, and three BJP Members of Parliament of all the charges in the case.
Judge Bhawani Shankar Kumawat accepted the final inquiry report of the CID (CB), which had conducted investigations pertaining to the case, and gave clean chit to all of them.
The judge dismissed the petition filed by Jodhpur-based advocate Om Prakash who had alleged that drinks laced with opium were served at the party hosted by Rajya Sabha member Jaswant Singh in violation of the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act.
The three cabinet ministers are Ghanshyam Tiwari, Narpat Singh Rajvi and Madan Dilawar while the MPs are Veer Singh Kaushal, Kailash Meghwal and Lalit Kishore Chaturvedi.
The other Members of Legislative Assembly are Mahaveer Prasad Jain, Jogeshwar Garg and Shankar Singh.
The party was hosted by Singh on October 7 last year at his native Jasol village in Barmer district.
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