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Updated: October 31, 2013 04:38 IST

New revelations about Amit Jogi could spell embarrassment for Rahul

Shalini Singh
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New material on Amit Jogi, son of former Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Ajit Jogi, suggests that his nomination by the Congress party to contest Assembly elections from the Marwahi constituency could spin into a potential embarrassment for Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi who recently took the moral high ground against criminalisation of politics.

In late September, Mr. Gandhi publicly denounced the UPA’s pushing of the controversial ordinance to negate the Supreme Court verdict on convicted lawmakers as “complete nonsense.” He had said the ordinance should be “torn up and thrown away” while admitting that what “our government has done is wrong.”

Apart from several pending criminal charges, copies of two declarations filed by Amit Jogi along with the certified copy issued by Collector, Raipur, which are available with The Hindu, reveal that he has additionally accomplished the extraordinary feat of being born in three different places and on different dates.

Amit Jogi is presently out on bail in the Ram Avtar Jaggi case in which he was accused of having entered — along with a few other persons — into a conspiracy to murder the NCP leader.

After his earlier acquittal by the trial court, the High Court admitted a revision petition filed by Satish Jaggi on grounds that “learned Special Judge (of the trial court) has travelled beyond the jurisdiction vested on it and thereby committed illegality” while issuing a bailable warrant of Rs. 5,000 against Amit Jogi. The case is pending in the High Court.

Further, Amit Jogi was a co-accused in the MLA bribery case just after the 2003 Chhattisgarh Assembly polls when the Congress lost the election and tried to break up the BJP. A CBI inquiry was ordered, which culminated in the filing of a closure report by the agency on the advice of the Law Ministry, which said an “acting Chief Minister” can’t be treated as a “public servant” under the definition provided in the Prevention of Corruption Act.

To add to Amit Jogi’s woes, the former State Finance Commission Chairman, Virendra Pandey, the whistleblower in the MLA bribery case, has challenged the CBI closure report in the CBI court, Raipur, on which the final order is still awaited.

Amit Jogi was also an accused in the sting operation case in which the then BJP Minister, the late Dileep Singh Judeo, was caught on camera taking money.

Neither Mr. Gandhi’s office nor Mr. Jogi responded to calls, SMSs or emails from The Hindu.

Many births, birthplaces

Mr. Jogi submitting multiple dates and birthplaces in different forms and affidavits is also curious. In his application dated December 15, 2001 for registration as an Indian citizen under Section 5(1)(A) of the Citizenship Act, 1955, Amit Jogi stated that he was born on August 7, 1977 in Dallas, Texas, U.S.A.

On August 26, 2002, during his father’s tenure as Chief Minister, Amit Jogi applied for a State of Chhattisgarh Domicile Certificate in which he claimed he was born in Bilaspur on August 7, 1978, a full year after the date mentioned in his application form for Indian citizenship.

Even in this application, Amit Jogi added another variation in his supporting affidavit, claiming his birthplace was Village Pendra, Bilaspur District.

However, Amit Jogi was issued a Domicile Certificate on the basis of his application by the Collector, Raipur, affirming Chhattisgarh as his birthplace.

On August 27, 2004 (during the BJP government’s rule in Chhattisgarh) Amit Jogi went on to apply for a Scheduled Tribe (ST) Certificate. In his application and sworn affidavit, Amit Jogi claimed that he was born on August 7, 1977 — not in Dallas, but in Gaurela, Pendra Road.

However, the Patwari’s certificate submitted by Amit Jogi along with his application states that he was born in Saarbahara Village Tehsil Pendra Road, District Bilaspur.

Apart from these glaring discrepancies within the same application, the validity of his claim for ST status has been hugely debated after the National Commission for Scheduled Tribes held that Ajit Jogi is not a tribal. This was challenged by Ajit Jogi on the ground that the Commission has no power to probe an individual’s caste status.

After a prolonged legal battle, the Supreme Court ordered a fresh enquiry into his caste status on October 13, 2011. Its report is still pending.

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Congrats Ms.Shalini Singh.I am appreciating your efforts to bring truth
at any cost.Keep it up.

Posted on: Oct 31, 2013 at 22:43 IST

This is not the only point on which Mr. Rahul Gandhi, shall be
conspicuous by his silence. He had not opened his mouth on the Haryana
land controversy involving his brother in law Mr. Vadra. Even on the
ordinance matter that is so famously being talked about, one should
remember that the same was elaborately considered by Congress party
headed by his mother where he himself is a Vice President. What was he
doing when this matter was under perusal of the party before it became
an ordinance. Present day's politicians shall speak up when it suits
them only.

from:  Nakkeeran R
Posted on: Oct 31, 2013 at 10:50 IST

It is obvious that regional leaders can't get away with such abuse
of law without the blessings and the knowledge of the central
leadership. As new scams are tumbling out in the Coal Scam, it is
obvious that there is a different set of rules for a privileged few and
the common people. The UPA didn't leave any stone un-turned when they
wanted to shunt General V K Singh out on the date of birth issue. What
are they going to do in this case when not only the date of birth but
also place of birth is disputed? Moreover, the fact that Mr Amit Jogi
went to USA for his education,reveals the hypocrisy of the ruling
elites of India,who,rather than improving education system which will
empower all, they send their own children abroad so that they have an
advantage over commoners. It has been proved by a dedicated IITian that
the poor of this country are capable of cracking any exam, provided
they get right kind of education. It is time that our policy makers,
law enforcing agencies woke up.

from:  Bhupal Singh
Posted on: Oct 31, 2013 at 09:23 IST

It is abundantly clear that all political parties have got a job on their hands to lead by example especially as the gauntlet has been thrown wide open by the AAP in the apparent open and transparent manner in which they are seen to go about investigating the credentials of those who seek their nomination to fight elections.
This is the appropriate time in India's evolving political history where people of reasonable repute, capability AND integrity are seen to be given opportunity for setting and implementing national and local governance agenda and policy.
The only hope of political parties to redeem themselves from the slur cast upon them by thier own action or inaction is for them to start operation clean within - well before the 2014 elections - so that percieved looters and illegal exporters of natural resources, convicted criminals and those with potential to damage the party credibility are not given the opportunity to become law makers or party office bearers.

from:  r n iyengar
Posted on: Oct 31, 2013 at 08:13 IST

Excellent! This is what we call investigative report. The politicians
are crumbling under the attack of the mighty pen. Awareness is being
created among the readers and we are slowly becoming more bolder to
question the political goons who are ruling us with sheer physical power
-don't question us or else we will beat you to death.

from:  chandrasekaran
Posted on: Oct 31, 2013 at 07:11 IST
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