Chhattisgarh court rejects anticipatory bail for former BJP minister Rajesh Munat in 2014 Antagarh bypoll case
A court in Chhattisgarh's Raipur district on Monday rejected an anticipatory bail application of former state BJP minister Rajesh Munat in a case related to alleged fixing of the 2014 Antagarh bypoll.
A court in Chhattisgarh's Raipur district rejected an anticipatory bail application of former state BJP minister Rajesh Munat in 2014 Antagarh bypoll case
Munat filed a pre-arrest bail application after the Raipur Police registered a case against him on 3 February based on a complaint by Congress leader Kiranmayee Nayak
Additional District and Sessions Judge Vivek Kumar Verma dismissed the anticipatory bail plea
Raipur: A court in Chhattisgarh's Raipur district on Monday rejected an anticipatory bail application of former state BJP minister Rajesh Munat in a case related to alleged fixing of the 2014 Antagarh bypoll.
Munat filed a pre-arrest bail application after the Raipur Police registered a case against him on 3 February based on a complaint by Congress leader Kiranmayee Nayak, Munat's lawyer Ramakant Mishra told PTI. Additional District and Sessions Judge Vivek Kumar Verma dismissed the anticipatory bail plea, he added. Mishra said he contended in the court that the case dated back to 2014, and a plea seeking action in the case had been rejected twice by the high court in the past.
The FIR was registered four years after the alleged crime came to light, which shows it was done for a political vendetta after the change of regime, Mishra said. The BJP lost power to the Congress in Chhattisgarh in the recent elections.
Additional Advocate General and Special Public Prosecutor in the case Satish Chandra Verma, while opposing the plea, argued that the offence was very serious and there was evidence establishing Munat's alleged involvement.
The judge observed that the case was at the stage of preliminary investigation and therefore, Munat was not entitled to anticipatory bail, Verma said. Munat's lawyer said he will now move the Chhattisgarh High Court.
The Sessions court on 7 February had also rejected the anticipatory bail pleas of former Chhattisgarh chief minister Raman Singh's son-in-law Dr Puneet Gupta and BJP leader Manturam Pawar in the same case. A case was registered at the Pandri police station on 3 February against Munat, Gupta, Pawar, former Chhattisgarh chief minister Ajit Jogi and his son Amit Jogi.
The FIR was based on the complaint of Congress leader and former Raipur mayor Kiranmayee Nayak under IPC sections 406 (criminal breach of trust), 420 (cheating) and 171F (undue influence at election).
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