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Ajit Jogi discharged in murder case

A C'garh court has discharged the former chief minister in a case of murder of a leader of a rival party, as there was no prima facie case against him.
IANS | By HT Correspondent, Raipur
UPDATED ON MAR 01, 2008 10:23 PM IST

A Chhattisgarh court on Saturday discharged former chief minister and Congress leader Ajit Jogi in a case of murder of a leader of a rival political party.

Additional District and Sessions Judge BL Tidke passed the order discharging the Congress leader in a private complaint filed by the son of Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader Ramavatar Jaggi, who was shot dead in Raipur by unidentified assailants in June 2003.

"The court discharged Jogi as there was no prima facie case against him," Jogi's counsel Hashim Khan told reporters after the court passed its order.

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), which had investigated the case earlier, had filed a chargesheet against 31 people, including Jogi's son, Amit Jogi, charging them with criminal conspiracy and murder.

However, the trial court acquitted Amit but convicted all others, including three police officers and three Congress activists considered close to the Jogi family.

Subsequently, the slain NCP leader's son Satish Jaggi filed a private complaint in the court, praying to array Jogi also as an accused in the murder case.

In his reaction to the court order, Jogi told IANS by phone: "The verdict has reaffirmed my faith in the judiciary. The case was politically motivated."

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