Rajasthan cops bring horse-trading accused Sanjay Jain to Manesar; he 'admits' to visiting resort

A power broker known close to both BJP and Congress leaders, police planning to conduct his voice test

Rajasthan cops bring horse-trading accused Sanjay Jain to Manesar; he 'admits' to visiting resort

Sanjay Jain.

Sumedha Sharma

Tribune News Service

Gurugram, July 25

Unable to get through to rebel Congress leader Sachin Pilot's supporters camping in Manesar, a team of the Rajasthan police's special operations group (SOG) brought Sanjay Jain, one of the key accused in the horse-trading case, to Manesar on Friday night to identify the resort he had visited to meet the MLAs.

Taken to Best Western Country Inn, Jain has reportedly confessed coming to the resort. But the SOG said he was yet to divulge whom he met there.

Sanjaj Jain in black mask coming out of Sessions
Court of Jaipur before leaving for Manesar.

“We brought him here as part of the investigations to confirm if he had come here for a meeting. He himself led us to the other resort near ITC Grand Bharat. He says he came here but did not meet anyone. We are investigating,” said ADG (SOG) Ashok Rathore.

Jain alias Sanjay Bardia was nabbed a week ago after his name surfaced in a viral audio clip purportedly mentioning about horse-trading of legislators to topple the Ashok Gehlot-led Congress government in Rajasthan.

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Hailing from Bikaner, Jain is a known power broker. The Congress had alleged that he was a BJP leader and released his pictures with former CM  Vasundhra Raje. However, he is believed to be close to both senior Congress and BJP leaders of the state.

Sources claimed Jain had identified and named the staff of the resort who led him in but said there was nobody inside and he met none. The SOG shall now go for his voice spectrography on July 29, as per the Supreme Court guidelines.

The team plans to conduct a revisit to the resort on Saturday to try and contact the MLAs who continue to be off radar.

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