Amit Jogi, son of former Chhattisgarh chief minister Ajit Jogi, has withdrawn his candidature from the state Youth Congress president’s post after sections within the party raked up an earlier charge of murder against him. Jogi has been acquitted in the case.
K.J. Rao of Foundation for Advancement of Elections (FAME) said the question is now irrelevant, as he has himself withdrawn from the contest. "An acquitted person can contest the Youth Congress elections," he said.
Congress general secretary Rahul Gandhi has entrusted FAME with the task of conducting free and fair elections in the Youth Congress and also to keep the organisation free of criminal elements.
Jogi, 32, was named prime accused by CBI in the murder of NCP leader Ramavtar Jaggi in 2003 in Raipur. But in May 2007, the Raipur district and sessions court acquitted him of the charge.
Jaggi’s son, Satish, later filed a review petition in the Chhattisgarh High Court at Bilaspur, challenging Jogi’s acquittal.
"The entire case against me was political in nature," Jogi told Hindustan Times.