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Jaswant cleared in opium case

The complaint against Jaswant Singh and nine other leaders of consuming opium publicly at a feast hosted by the former EAM has been declared unfounded, reports Vinod Vithall.
By Vinod Vithall | Hindustan Times, Jodhpur
UPDATED ON JUN 19, 2008 01:12 AM IST

The complaint against Jaswant Singh and nine other leaders of consuming opium publicly at a feast hosted by the former External Affairs Minister has been declared unfounded. The state Crime Branch (CID) proposes to file a final report saying the case could not be proved.

“We have concluded our investigation and find no case. Neither opium was recovered nor did any evidence come for taking that,” said Sachin Mittal, Superintendent of Police, CID (Crime Branch).

Vipin Pandey, Superintendent of Police of Barmer said the file has been handed over to the Balotara police station and a report would be submitted before the court.

Malam Singh Choudhary, the counsel for complainant Omprakash Bishnoi said they would read the report and file a protest petition. It is a shocking and surprising conclusion by the investigation agency, he said.

In the complaint it was contended that on October 31, 2007, in Singh’s village near Jasol of Barmer district, a Riyan was organised. It was said that the Riyan was a meet of dissidents, including four ministers of the Vasundhara Raje government.

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