FIR against JVM-P candidate for Maoist link
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Last Updated: Saturday, July 02, 2011, 20:53
Jamshedpur: On the direction of the Election Commission, an FIR has been filed against Jharkhand Vikas Morcha (Prajatantric) candidate Ajay Kumar after a rival candidate complained of having an audio CD where Kumar is purportedly "conversing with a Maoist leader" to garner votes for Jamshedpur Lok Sabha bypoll.

Jamshedpur Senior Superintendent of Police Akhilesh Kumar Jha said today that the FIR was filed late last night with the Sakshi police station here.

Hitting back, Kumar filed a counter FIR against Saryu Roy and BJP's state unit president Dineshanand Goswami accusing them of flouting the Indian Telegraph Act by taping the conversation.

"How can they be sure that the person at the other end was Maoist leader Samarji," he said.

Goswami was the BJP candidate, whose fate is now locked in the EVM. The results will be announced on July 4.

In a press conference yesterday, Kumar had admitted that the voice in the conversation with alleged Maoist leader Samarji was his, but demanded a probe whether it was the real Samarji or a fake caller.

"There was a miss call on my mobile, and when I returned the call a voice from the other end identified himself as Samarji, a senior leader of Jharkhand-Orissa border Regional committee of the CPI (Maoist). There should be a probe to ascertain whether the caller was the real Samarji," Kumar, a former IPS officer, had said.

He, however, dismissed the BJP's allegations that the JVM-P had sought help from the Maoists to get votes in the bypoll.

The purported conversation was published in a local newspaper yesterday, which prompted JVM-president Babulal Marandi to demand a judicial probe into the expose.

Meanwhile, RJD's Jharkhand unit president Girinath Singh demanded a CBI probe into the whole issue as "the state has been reeling under the left-wing extremism since its creation".

"The people of the state have the right to know the real faces of their politicians. Therefore, a CBI probe should be ordered to expose which politicians have links with the Maoists," he told newsmen in Ranchi.


First Published: Saturday, July 02, 2011, 20:53

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