Bhopal: Former Madhya Pradesh finance minister Raghavji has been remanded to judicial custody till July 22 in the alleged sodomy case against him. This comes just 48 hours after an FIR was filed against him for alleged sexual abuse.
Raghavji was arrested earlier on Tuesday and taken for a medical check-up. Police officials arrested the sacked minister from the flat of one of his relatives in Bhopal and took him to Habibganj police station. "There was no delay in the case. He was arrested within 40 hours of the FIR being launched," IG Bhopal Range Upender Jain said.
"Raghavji is being taken to a police station for interrogation. He has been charged for sodomy and threatening the person for life," he added. Jain further said that the CD purportedly showing the 79-year-old in "compromising" positions will be a part of the investigation.
Raghavji, who has been charged with sodomy and threatening his domestic help, had been missing for 24 hours. The MP police claimed it had been unable to locate him at his official bungalow in Bhopal or his native house in Vidisha.
Raghavji was forced to quit the finance minister position following the sodomy allegations. He was also expelled from the BJP's membership. CNN-IBN had accessed the CD that allegedly showed Raghavji and his aides sexually abusing the domestic help. The former minister had, however, denied sodomy allegations saying he was not aware of the CD. "The boy left a month back. If he has put any such allegations of sodomy against me, they are all baseless," Raghavji had said.
Raghavji's anticipatory bail plea was scheduled to be heard on Tuesday but given the arrest, he and two other accused will now have to file for regular bail. He had on Monday applied for an anticipatory bail after police registered an FIR against him and his two associates for allegedly sodomising the sacked minister's domestic help.
The monsoon session of Madhya Pradesh Assembly began on Monday and the MLAs were eagerly waiting for Raghavji to make an appearance but he didn't turn up. Raghavji was neither at his government bungalow nor in his hometown Vidisha.
The Congress workers took out a protest march on the first day of the monsoon session on Monday and said that the party will bring a no-confidence motion against the state government. Opposition leader Ajay Singh alleged that while the state government says the law will take its own course, it took six hours to register the FIR and then only was Raghavji suspended from the BJP. "Can the law work under such circumstances," he asked.
Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chauhan, however, has rejected the Congress's allegation of protecting Raghavji.