Ajit Jogi admitted to hospital over breathing issues after police file FIR in fake caste certificate case

A Janata Congress Chhattisgarh (J) leader said Ajit Jogi's wife was with him in the hospital and added that the hospital management was yet to release a medical bulletin about his health.

Press Trust of India September 06, 2019 16:21:46 IST
Ajit Jogi admitted to hospital over breathing issues after police file FIR in fake caste certificate case
  • Former Chhattisgarh chief minister Ajit Jogi was admitted to a private hospital in Delhi-NCR on Thursday night after he complained of breathing problem.

  • A Janata Congress Chhattisgarh (J) leader said that the hospital management was yet to release a medical bulletin about the ex-chief minister's health.

  • Jogi is facing an FIR registered on Thursday night for allegedly obtaining a fake caste certificate in which he claimed himself to be a tribal.

Raipur: Former Chhattisgarh chief minister Ajit Jogi, facing an FIR in a fake caste certificate case, was admitted to a private hospital in Delhi-NCR on Thursday night after he complained of breathing problem, his party leader said on Friday.

The FIR against Ajit Jogi, a sitting MLA, was registered at the Gaurela police station in Bilaspur district on Thursday night for allegedly obtaining a fake caste certificate claiming himself to be a tribal, police had said.

"Ajit Jogi was in Delhi from the last few days for his routine medical check-up. On Thursday, around midnight, he complained of problem in breathing following which he was admitted at Medanta Hospital (in Gurugram)," Janata Congress Chhattisgarh (J) leader and former MLA Paresh Bagbahra said.

Ajit Jogi admitted to hospital over breathing issues after police file FIR in fake caste certificate case

File image of former chief minister of Chhattisgarh Ajit Jogi. AFP

The JCC (J) is the political party founded by Ajit Jogi, the first chief minister of Chhattisgarh.

His wife, Renu Jogi, is with him in the hospital, he said, adding the hospital management was yet to release a medical bulletin about his health.

Jogi (73), a bureaucrat-turned-politician, is in the middle of trouble over his caste status issue.

The FIR against Ajit Jogi was registered following a complaint by Sameera Paikra, the BJP candidate from Marwahi in the 2013 assembly polls, Bilaspur Superintendent of Police Prashant Agrawal had said.

Ajit Jogi was booked under Indian Penal Code sections 420 (cheating), 467 (forgery of valuable security), 468 (forgery for purpose of cheating) and 471 (using as genuine a forged document or electronic record).

According to Paikra, Ajit Jogi had obtained the "fake" caste certificate in 1967, he had added.

Last week, a separate FIR was registered against Ajit Jogi with the Civil Lines police station in Bilaspur after a government-appointed committee rejected his claim of being a tribal.

In August, a high-level caste scrutiny committee set up by the state government dismissed Ajit Jogi's claim of belonging to a Scheduled Tribe (ST) and cancelled all his caste certificates.

Notably, Ajit Jogi's son Amit Jogi, a former MLA, was arrested on 3 September on the basis of a separate complaint filed by Paikra at the Gaurela Police station.

Amit Jogi is accused of cheating and forgery in connection with declaration in a poll affidavit submitted by him during the 2013 Assembly elections.

In 2013, Amit Jogi had won from the Marwahi Assembly seat defeating Paikra of the BJP. Ajit Jogi is the sitting MLA from Marwahi from where he won in 2018.

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