The bail application of former chief minister and Lok Sabha member, Ajit Jogi, will be heard on Tuesday in the Sessions Court of Special Judge (Atrocities) BL Tirkey.
Earlier on Monday, the Judicial Magistrate of lower court, Praveen Pradhan, rejected the bail petition citing it as beyond his jurisdiction.
Jogi’s counsel S K Farhan told Hindustan Times that the argument and reply in the given case would be heard on Tuesday after the opposition party’s advocate, J P Pandey, requested the court for time to prepare his reply.
Jogi was arrested on Sunday night, while campaigning for the Lok Sabha by-election at Gandai in Rajnandgaon district after a non-bailable arrest warrant was issued by the ACJM Raipur court in connection with the murder of then state NCP treasurer Ramavtar Jaggi in 2003. After his arrest he was brought here at around 4 a m Monday and admitted to the Escort Heart Centre after he complained of chest pain and breathlessness.
Dr Sandeep Shrivastava told HT that Jogi is under sedatives due to high blood pressure and other complaints. “Since he had heart attack earlier he is under close observation in the ICU”, said the doctor.Satish Jaggi, son of deceased Ramavatar Jaggi, on March 3 had moved an application in the court of Additional Chief Judicial Magistrate in Raipur, seeking the arrest of Ajit Jogi in connection with the murder case. The court, after hearing the argument of the applicant, issued a warrant against the former chief minister.
After Satish Jaggi moved the Supreme Court, the sitting judge for the final hearing of Jaggi murder case here has been changed. A Special Judge B L Tirkey replaced earlier Judge Sanmaan Singh. Satish Jaggi filed a plea in the apex court mentioning that the Judge Sanmaan Singh happens to be the brother of Congress MLA, Gulab Singh, a supporter of Ajit Jogi. Since Amit Jogi was one of the prime accused in the murder case the applicant had urged the Supreme Court that the hearing might be affected.
NCP Treasurer Ramavtar Jaggi was shot dead at around midnight on June 4, 2003, in Raipur when he was returning home. Satish Jaggi then filed a report to the police that Ajit Jogi and his son Amit were ‘behind the murder’. The Jogis have denied the charges leveled against them calling it ‘dirty politics.’