New Delhi: An FIR has been registered against former Chhattisgarh chief minister Ajit Jogi, his son and Janta Congress Chhattisgarh’s Amit Jogi, BJP’s Rajesh Munat, Manturam Pawar and ex-CM Raman Singh’s son-in-law Puneet Gupta. The FIR was lodged by Congress’ Kiranmayi Nayak in the infamous Antagarh tapes case.
In December 2015, a leading daily had written about some audio tapes which hinted at a secret deal just before the Assembly elections in the state.
The daily had claimed that the audio tapes showed discrepancies in the Assembly by-poll in 2014. Reacting to the story, then Chief Minister Raman Singh had said, “This is an internal matter of Congress party. The BJP has nothing to do with it. Congress sees BJP’s role in everything. Would be better for them to resolve their internal issues.”
On the other hand, Ajit Jogi whose name had come up in the secret deal, had said that he would soon send a court notice to the journalist and would sue the newspaper for defaming him. He had alleged that the tapes were doctored and he had no involvement in the case. Amit had said, “The state government wants to divert attention from scams and that is why these issues surface. Audio recording is doctored and fabricated. Why it has surfaced after one and half year.”
The audio tapes purportedly carried conversations among Jogi, his son and Gupta over poll-fixing. It hinted at huge political compromises being made among the trio and Congress candidate Manturam Pawar and former Jogi loyalist Firoz Siddiqui, now with BJP.
According to the leaked tapes, the conversations were made before the Assembly by-polls of August 2014. Pawar and Siddiqui accepted their involvement, while the others trio denied it and claimed their innocence.