MP: Relief to former minister in unnatural act case, High Court orders to quash FIR

Shabbir Ahmed, Bhopal. Former Finance Minister of Madhya Pradesh Raghavji has got a big relief from the High Court in the Unnatural Act case. The Single Bench of High Court Justice Sanjay Dwivedi has quashed the FIR lodged against Raghavji. A single bench of Justice Sanjay Dwivedi said in its order that the FIR has been lodged at the behest of the opponents to tarnish the image of a person holding important portfolios in the politics of the state. In criminal proceedings, the presumption of malice is clearly present. Single bench has ordered to quash the FIR.

In fact, a former employee of Raghavji had lodged an FIR against him on July 7, 2013 under sections 377, 506 and 34 at Habibganj police station in Bhopal. Raghavji had filed a petition in the High Court to quash the FIR. It was argued on behalf of the petitioner that the applicant has stated in his complaint that he is a resident of Vidisha, his home district. In the year 2010, he came to Bhopal for a job. He lived in the government bungalow of Finance Minister Raghavji.

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The complainant admitted that he had surreptitiously shot the video of the Finance Minister with the help of another victim. The video of having unnatural sex in private with consent was made under conspiracy. The official residence of the petitioner was vacated by the complainant in May 2013. The complainant lived in the official residence of the petitioner from the year 2010 to 2013. During this he did not complain. After about three months, he lodged the report. The complainant has lodged the FIR at the behest of political opponents and due to mutual enmity.

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The single bench has said in its order that the said petition is pending since the year 2016 and the court is of the opinion that the accused in the criminal case should face trial. The court has ordered that the FIR can be canceled if the criminal case is registered due to maliciousness and personal enmity. It is clear from the criminal proceedings in this case that the FIR has been registered due to malafide intention. After which the court has ordered to cancel the FIR.

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