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Raghavji released from Central Jail

HT Corespondent, Hindustan Times  Bhopal, August 16, 2013
First Published: 10:55 IST(16/8/2013) | Last Updated: 11:24 IST(16/8/2013)

Ex-finance minister Raghavji, facing sodomy charges, was released from Central Jail in Bhopal on Wednesday after having spent 36 days in prison.

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He was granted bail on Monday.

The bail order reached the jail after the high court order was submitted before the chief judicial magistrate court at Bhopal and rectified.

Scores of supporters and Raghavji’s daughter Jyoti Shah were present outside the jail to welcome the leader.

Jyoti said injustice had been meted out to her father.

Raghvji said it (the case) was a conspiracy against him and he would speak at the party forum.

Regarding his expulsion from BJP, the ex-finance minister said he would look at the letter of expulsion and then take a decision.

“I am yet to see the letter but dismissal from the party is wrong,” he said.

The ex-finance minister said if the party directs him, he would contest election.

When asked if he would fight as an independent candidate, Raghavji said he would arrive at a decision after talking with party leaders.

Raghavji’s supporters, who were present outside jail, hinted that a major rally would be organised in his hometown Vidisha.

It would also be a political show of strength.

Raghvji was booked for sexually exploiting his 29-year-old domestic help on the pretext of providing him a government job.

The victim submitted a CD to corroborate his allegations against the ex-minister.

Soon after the FIR was lodged, Raghavji was asked to resign from the cabinet. He was also expelled from the party.

Apart from Raghavji, two other persons among his staff, Sher Singh and Suresh, were also accused of sexually exploiting the complainant.

The trial is on in the case.

A DIFFERENT I-DAY

Though released from the jail on the eve of Independence Day, this is the first

Independence Day since 2004 when Raghavji would not be hoisting the national tricolour in the capacity of a minister.

He was sacked from the cabinet soon after the case surfaced.

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