C'garh Cong prez sent to judical custody in sex CD case

C'garh Cong prez sent to judical custody in sex CD case

CPCC president Bhupesh Baghel with senior Congress leaders in the Raipur District Cour on Monday. Photo by Pintu Dewangan

The Raipur District Court witnessed a political upheaval on Monday after Chhattisgarh Pradesh Congress Committee president Bhupesh Baghel was sent to judicial custody for 14 days in the high profile sex CD case.

Baghel has refused to take any legal assistance and has decided not to apply for bail. Baghel said that he is innocent and the state government has filed a false case against him for showing black flag during the PM's visit and for raising various issues against the government. 

Baghel said he will continue his Satyagraha in jail. 

The two other accused, former journalist Vinod Verma and Vijay Bhatia, have been granted bail on a bond of Rs 1 lakh each. Key accused Kailash Murarka and Vijay Pandya did not appear before the court saying that they have not received the summons. Other accused, Suresh Goel, Lovely Khanuja and Manas Sahu, had turned approver in the case.

On Monday, the CBI filed a chargesheet before the special CBI court. The court returned the CBI chargesheet on the grounds of a few anomalies (photograph of witnesses were missing) and asked the probe agency to rectify it. The CBI then filed the revised chargesheet after lunch. 

The court has also removed the section 384 IPC, which pertains to blackmailing, against Verma.

Meanwhile, Chief Minister Raman Singh said the decision on chargesheet was taken by the CBI and the state government doesn't have any role in legal proceedings.

He said that the CD incident was unfortunate and a conspiracy was hatched to end the minister's political career.

Minister for PWD Rajesh Munat, who is purportedly seen in the sleaze CD, said that the law will take its course and time will reveal the truth.