Ajit Jogi Seeks Sonia Gandhi’s Permission to Sue Bhupesh Baghel

Ajit Jogi has written to the Congress high command to file a defamation suit against Bhupesh Baghel.

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Former, and current Chief Minister of Chhattisgarh, Ajit Jogi and Raman Singh respectively. (Photo: ANI screengrab)

Senior Congress leader Ajit Jogi has said he has sought permission of the party high command to file a defamation suit against the Chhattisgarh Congress Chief Bhupesh Baghel, after an audio recording revealed that Jogi was purportedly involved in fixing an Assembly by-election in Chhattisgarh.

In a letter to AICC president (Sonia Gandhi), I have sought her permission to file a defamation suit under both civil and criminal laws against state Congress chief Bhupesh Baghel. Baghel’s remark regarding the audio tape, which is doctored and fake, has tarnished my image. He publicly made inappropriate comments against me which is a violation of the party constitution

Ajit Jogi

Baghel declared the audio tape to be authentic without any scrutiny, Jogi said.

The telephone conversations in the tape, purportedly between the Chief Minister Raman Singh’s son-in-law Puneet Gupta, Ajit Jogi’s son Amit, Jogi ‘loyalists’ Firoz Siddiqui and Ameen Memon, revolved around rigging of the bypoll to Antagarh Assembly seat in 2014.

Congress candidate Manturam Pawar, considered to be close to Jogi, withdrew from the fray, just a day before the last date for withdrawal. Pawar was later expelled from the party. The tape suggests that money changed hands in the affair, facilitating the BJP candidate’s victory. Baghel had claimed that the party was aware of Jogi’s role in Pawar’s withdrawal.

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