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HC quashes plea of Cong leader

Sarbananda Sonowal in Guwahati. Picture by UB Photos

Guwahati, Nov. 16: Gauhati High Court today dismissed a petition filed by the controversial Assam Congress leader Rajesh Joshi, seeking to quash an FIR lodged against him by Arunachal Pradesh police for allegedly absconding with Rs 1 crore belonging to a contractor.

The court, however, granted him bail on the condition that he should appear before the investigating officer of the case within 10 days. The accused, who is the secretary and spokesperson for Assam PCC, is absconding.

Justice Chitta Ranjan Sarma dismissed the criminal petition filed by Joshi under Section 482 CrPC seeking quashing of the FIR registered against him by the police in Itanagar. The court dismissed his petition saying prima facie there was sufficient evidence against him for registering an FIR.

The petitioner had also argued that since the alleged offence had taken place in Guwahati, the case cannot be registered in Itanagar but the court also declined to interfere on this jurisdictional issue.

The case (no. 210/12) was registered against Joshi under Section 420 IPC on the basis of a complaint lodged by the All Arunachal Pradesh Contractors’ Welfare Association chairman Tarh Kuyu. The section carries a maximum jail term of seven years and a fine.

According to Itanagar superintendent of police Hibu Tamang, the money was sent to Joshi through Doli Ete on September 7 to be deposited in Kuyu’s company bank account in Guwahati for some work related to two contracts he had bagged in August.

But instead of depositing the money, the accused and his family disappeared with the money he had allegedly received from Ete at Nakshatra hotel here.


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