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Ex-minister Raja and 40 others acquitted in poll-related case

Press Trust of India  |  Coimbatore 

Former Union minister and leader was acquitted today by a magisterial near here of the charges of obstructing public servants from doing their duty during the 2014 poll.

The acquitted him along with his 40 party workers saying the prosecution failed to prove charges against them.

As per the prosecution, Raja, a candidate from Nilgiris parliamentary constituency, along with his party workers, had gone to a lodge on April 21, 2104 on a tip off that workers, including a minister, were allegedly distributing money to voters.

As the gate of the lodge was locked, Raja entered into an argument with some district and police officials deployed there and sat on a dharna till midnight, for which a case was registered against him on charges of obstructing officials from discharging their duty.

Raja, however, contested the claim and said he had gone there to prevent workers including the minister from distributing money.

But the department officials, instead of preventing those politicos from distributing money, registered false cases against him and party workers, he said.

The case had been going on at the Mettupalayam magisterial for the last three years.

Delivering the judgment, Magistrate Saravanappa acquitted Raja and 40 others, saying the prosecution failed to prove the charges.

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First Published: Tue, July 11 2017. 22:22 IST