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Three granted anticipatory bail in Antagarh bypoll case

Press Trust of India  |  Bilaspur 

The Tuesday granted anticipatory bail to former Raman Singh's Dr Puneet Gupta, former and BJP Maturam in connection with the alleged 2014 Antagarh bypoll fixing.

All three accused had filed separate pleas seeking pre-arrest bail. The hearing was going on before Justice

had lodged a case against Gupta, Munat and on February 3 in response to a complaint by Kiranmayee Nayak, said.

The petitioners' lawyers argued that the FIR was lodged four years after the incident on the basis of weak evidence and it was political vendetta.

After hearing the arguments, the court granted them anticipatory bail.

In 2015-16, an audio CD came to surface. The conversations recorded in the CD suggested that there was a deal to make Maturam Pawar, candidate in the 2014 by-election, withdraw at the last minute to help the BJP nominee win.

The by-election was won by BJP's Bhojraj Nag.

Pawar, who had pulled out of the race a day before the last date for withdrawal, was expelled from the

The CD suggested that was at the behest of the BJP and was facilitated by former

It contained conversations purportedly between Ajit Jogi, his son Amit, Gupta, and few others.

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First Published: Wed, April 17 2019. 00:35 IST