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No pre-arrest bail for Raman Singh's son-in-law in bypoll case

Press Trust of India  |  Raipur 

A court in Chhattisgarh's Raipur district Thursday rejected the pleas of former chief Raman Singh's Dr Puneet and BJP in a case related to the alleged fixing of the 2014 Antagarh bypoll.

and Pawar had filed after the lodged a case against them on February 3 based on a complaint by Kiranmayee Nayak, their told

The bail pleas were rejected by Additional District and Vivek Kumar Verma, he added.

Tiwari and another lawyer, Kamlesh Pandey, who appeared for and Pawar, said they contended in the court that the FIR was lodged under pressure from the newly elected government.

in the case, told the court that the crime was very serious as a huge amount of money had exchanged hands and contended that should not be given to the accused as they can influence the investigation process.

After hearing the arguments, the court observed that the case was at the stage of preliminary investigation and therefore the accused were not entitled to anticipatory bail, the said.

The case was registered at the station on Sunday night against Dr Gupta, Pawar, former chief Ajit Jogi, his son and BJP and former

They were booked under IPC sections 406 (criminal breach of trust) 420 (cheating), 171E (punishment for bribery), 171F (undue influence at election), 120B (criminal conspiracy), and sections 9 and 13 of the Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988.

In 2015-16, an audio CD was leaked which had purported conversations suggesting an exchange of money to make Manturam Pawar, candidate in the 2014 Antagarh bypoll in district, withdraw at the last minute to facilitate the BJP candidate's victory.

The bypoll was won by BJP's Bhojraj Nag. Pawar, who had pulled out a day before the last date for withdrawal, was subsequently expelled from the Congress.

The audio tape suggested that his withdrawal was at the behest of the BJP and facilitated by

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First Published: Thu, February 07 2019. 23:45 IST