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Court to decide on Amit Jogi’s fate


Raipur : A special court will Thursday pronounce its verdict in a four-year old murder case in which Amit Jogi, son of former Chhhatisgarh chief minister and Congress leader Ajit Jogi, is the prime accused along with 28 others.

Nationalist Congress Party's (NCP) state unit treasurer Ramavatar Jaggi was shot dead in front of a police station here on June 4, 2003. His son Satish Jaggi had named the then chief minister Jogi and Amit as prime suspects.

Four years later, the verdict is being eagerly awaited by Chhattisgarh's ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) as well as the opposition Congress. The outcome of the case will have serious implications on the assembly by-elections in Khairagarh and Malkharoda on June 2.

It will also influence state politics with Jogi leading a campaign against the saffron government, which voted out the Congress in the December 2003 assembly polls and handed over the case to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI).

The CBI picked up Amit Jogi in June 2005 from New Delhi for allegedly masterminding the murder and he spent at least 10 months at the Raipur Central Jail.

The 30-year-old junior Jogi was rearrested in the same case on May 2, 2007 after the apex court on April 30 set aside his bail granted by the Bilaspur based Chhattisharh high court. Amit is presently lodged in the Raipur jail.

The CBI in its chargesheet presented in the special court here last year had made Amit the main accused.