Thursday, August 26, 2021

Clean chit for Ajoy in Maoist-link case

Sanjay Sahay | Aug 26, 2021, 05:00 IST

Ranchi: A special court for trying MPs-MLAs offenses on Wednesday acquitted senior Congress leader Dr Ajoy Kumar for lack of evidence in a 10-year-old case pertaining to his alleged links with an extremist. BJP leader Dineshanand Goswami had registered a case with Sakchi police station in July 2011 alleging that Kumar had talked to an extremist, Samarji, and sought the latter’s help in winning the Jamshedpur parliamentary by-election. Goswami had also gave the police a compact disc purpotedly carrying the record of the conversation between Kumar and the extremist. The case was transferred from the Jamshedpur district court to the special court in Ranchi in September 2020.

Kumar had recorded his statement before the court on Tuesday under section 313 of the Criminal Procedure Code saying he was innocent.

Lawyer Vimal Kumar who represented the Congress leader in court said, “The court of Dinesh Kumar acquitted Ajoy Kumar as the prosecution could not produce substantial evidence which could prove the allegations against Kumar beyond reasonable doubts. The prosecution produced one witness during the trial but could not establish that compact disc of call recording produced before court was of Kumar’s conversation with the Maoist leader Samarji.”
It may be stated here that Kumar had won the Jamshedpur parliamentary by-election as a Jharkhand Vikas Morcha (Prajatantrik) candidate in 2011. Goswami had contested the election on a BJP ticket

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