THE COURT of Jhansi chief judicial magistrate (CJM) on Monday dismissed a complaint petition against BSP chief Mayawati filed by a man from Bundelkhand, who is currently in jail.
The complainant, Sardar Singh Gujjar, had alleged that Mayawati had taken Rs 43 lakh from him in lieu of a ticket in the 2006 Assembly polls but she neither gave him the ticket nor returned the money.
Ravindra Kumar Sharma, Gujjar’s lawyer, said the CJM dismissed the petition citing that the complainant has no evidence against Mayawati. “The judge said a case should have been filed immediately after the incident and it doesn’t make sense to file a complaint after a decade,” he said, adding that Gujjar may approach a higher court.
Sharma claimed Gujjar was a member of BSP in 2001.
“He has said that in October 2006, Mayawati had visited a worker’s house in Jhansi, where she discussed the candidature for Garautha seat for the upcoming polls. He claimed that in the same meeting, he was asked to contest polls by Mayawati, who allegedly demanded Rs 50 lakh for party fund,” said the lawyer.
“The complainant alleged that he finally gave Rs 43 lakh to Mayawati. But she neither gave him a ticket nor returned the money. He also demanded a ticket for the 2012 Assembly polls, but was denied again,” added Sharma.
When contacted, Jhansi Additional Superintendent of Police Dinesh Kumar said Gujjar is lodged in a jail in Jhansi for the last three months. “He is a dreaded criminal and was wanted in more than two dozen cases, including those of dacoity, robbery, murder and kidnapping. He also had cash rewards on his head announced by MP and UP police,” he added.