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2 confirm their voices, CM Raman Singh denies, Jogi’s son says ‘tapes doctored’

Both Pawar and Siddiqui confirmed their voices on the tape. But Amit Jogi, Ajit Jogi and Gupta denied any involvement.

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The Indian Express contacted each person whose voice is purportedly heard on the tapes and apprised them of the content of the taped conversations.

Both Pawar and Siddiqui confirmed their voices on the tape. But Amit Jogi, Ajit Jogi and Gupta denied any involvement. Amit Jogi, after he was contacted by The Indian Express, sent an email through a representative to this newspaper asking it to “cease and desist” from publication because, he claimed, the recordings are “doctored or fabricated,” and that he “had no role, whatsoever, in withdrawal of candidature of Manturam Pawar.”

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Chief Minister Raman Singh, when told that his son-in-law was in conversation with the Jogis, said: “BJP and myself have nothing to do with the withdrawal of the candidate. It is their internal matter. Hence there is no question of CM’s house or anybody meeting (anyone) in this regard. I categorically deny these allegations.”

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Yes, it is my voice’

When contacted by The Indian Express, this is what the others named in the purported conversations said:

* Firoz Siddiqui, then a Jogi loyalist: “Yes, it is my voice. These conversations were before the Antagarh bypoll. I spoke to Amit Jogi, Ajit Jogi, Ameen Memon and Manturam Pawar. The plan was to manage the election and ensure the withdrawal of Pawar. He withdrew a day before the last date. I was working for the Jogi family. My role was to liaison for the Jogi family. I was operating from Raipur. Ameen Memon’s role was to manage Manturam Pawar and mediate. Memon was based in Kanker. The plan was executed two days before the election. There was a deal that Manturam would be given some amount in lieu of which he would withdraw. Amit had made many other commitments. Jogi family gave me Rs 3.5 crore after he withdrew. I handed over this money to Ameen Memon.

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Ameen is angry because there was delay in payment. Mantu is angry because some other commitments made to him have not been fulfilled.”

Ameen is angry because there was delay in payment. Mantu is angry because some other commitments made to him have not been fulfilled.”

* Manturam Pawar, the Congress candidate who withdrew: “No one approached or pressurised me. It was my decision to withdraw. That was a routine conversation. I said (on phone to Siddiqui) I was made a sacrificial lamb because I did not want to contest the election.”

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* Ameen Memon, Jogi loyalist: Denies any role in the election.

* Amit Jogi, MLA and son of former Chief Minister Ajit Jogi: Denies any role in the election or speaking to anyone in this regard.

* Ajit Jogi, former Chief Minister: Denies any role in the election or speaking to anyone in this regard.

* Dr Puneet Gupta, son-in-law of Chief Minister Raman Singh: “I have no information in this regard. I have no link with this.”

First published on: 30-12-2015 at 03:30:08 am
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