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Posted at: Oct 21, 2019, 12:16 PM; last updated: Oct 21, 2019, 9:25 PM (IST)

Sex CD case: SC stays trial against Chhattisgarh CM Bhupesh Baghel

Sex CD case: SC stays trial against Chhattisgarh CM Bhupesh Baghel
A bench comprising Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justices SA Bobde and SA Nazeer also issued a notice to Baghel. Tribune file

New Delhi, October 21

The Supreme Court on Monday stayed the ongoing criminal trial in the alleged sex CD case involving Chhattisgarh Chief Minister and senior Congress leader Bhupesh Baghel as an accused.

A bench comprising Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justices SA Bobde and SA Nazeer also issued a notice to Baghel on a plea of probe agency CBI seeking transfer of the criminal case out of Chhattisgarh on grounds, including that the chief minister had been allegedly threatening the witnesses in the case.

The CBI had registered a case against Baghel in September 2018, then Chhattisgarh Congress president, on a complaint that he had allegedly tried to frame then state PWD minister and BJP leader Rajesh Munat in the fake sex CD case.

Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, appearing for the CBI, said two prosecution witnesses had lodged complaints with the probe agency that they had been threatened at the behest of accused for giving statement against the chief minister in the case. PTI

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