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Police swoop down on Raghavji hideout

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  Bhopal, July 10, 2013
First Published: 00:39 IST(10/7/2013) | Last Updated: 01:39 IST(10/7/2013)

Raghavji, finance minister of Madhya Pradesh until less than a week ago, was sent to judicial custody till July 22 after his arrest on Tuesday afternoon.

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He is facing sodomy charges, levelled by his 29-year-old domestic help.

Raghavji, 79, was arrested from an apartment in Bhopal. On a tip-off a police team reached the flat, broke the lock and arrested him.

His wife, Hira Ben, and a relative were present in the flat when the arrest was made. Given the high-profile case, the police team videographed the entire proceedings. 

Immediately after his arrest he was taken to the Habibgang police station, from where he was sent to the Hamidia Hospital for a medical examination before being produced in the court of the chief judicial magistrate in the evening.

The domestic help had filed a complaint with the police last week, accusing the minister, his other domestic help Sher Singh Chauhan and the latter’s brother-in-law Suresh Chauhan of sexually exploiting him for more than three years.

The formal FIR was lodged on Sunday. The victim also submitted a CD as evidence to corroborate his charges. The ex-minister is seen in the CD committing the act.

Raghavji was dropped from the state cabinet on Friday. He had announced he would attend the assembly’s monsoon session, scheduled to begin on Monday. However, he went underground soon after.


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