Bilaspur: In a major setback to CBI, the
division bench of Chhattisgarh High Court on Monday dismissed its
petition challenging acquittal of Amit Jogi, son of former
chief minister Ajit Jogi, in connection with the murder of NCP
leader Ramavatar Jaggi.
The division bench of Justice T P Sharma and Justice
Ranganath Chandrakar refused to accept the CBI prayer over the
delay on its part of more than three years in filing the
appeal challenging the acquittal under section 5 (not
preferring the appeal or making the application within
prescribed period) of the Limitation Act 1963.
NCP treasurer Jaggi was shot dead on June 4, 2003 in
Raipur. The police had named Amit Jogi as a prime accused in
the murder along with 30 others. Jogi was arrested in this
connection from Delhi on July 31, 2005.
The state government had handed over the probe to CBI.
A special CBI court of Justice B L Tidke on May 31,
2007 acquitted Jogi of the murder charge and sentenced 28
others of various charges and 19 of them were given life
imprisonment for conspiracy and killing Jaggi.
Three Chhattisgarh policemen were sentenced to five
years` rigorous imprisonment and directed to pay a fine of Rs
1,000, while six others awarded five years` rigorous
imprisonment and directed to pay a fine of Rs 1,000.
The Chhattisgarh government and victim`s son Satish
Jaggi had filed separate appeals challenging the acquittal of
Jogi. The division bench had earlier dismissed the state
government`s appeal saying the case was being probed by the
After securing permission from the Centre on December
2010, CBI on May 3 this year filed the appeal in this
connection in the high court.
The division bench then directed Jogi`s counsel to
present his stand in the case.