Election Commission asks Chhattisgarh Chief Secretary to launch enquiry in ‘match fixing’ tape


The Election Commission on Wednesday asked the Chief Secretary of Chhattisgarh to “urgently” launch a an enquiry into the revelations that the BJP and Congress had indulged in match fixing during an assemvky by-polls in 2014.

The audio conversations had revealed how the two parties had struck a deal worth Rs 10 crore to give the BJP candidate a walkover.

“The EC has directed the Chief Secretary of Chhattisgarh to urgently institute a suitable enquiry into the tape episode. He has been directed to submit a factual report latest by January 7 along with his comments,” an EC official was quoted by PTI.

In the audio tape, the Congress leader and former Chief Minister of Chhattisgarh Ajit Jogi, his son Amit Jogi, his ‘associates’ and Puneet Gupta, son-in-law of Chief Minister Raman Singh, to allegedly “fix” the by-election to Antagarh (ST) seat.

Chhattisgarh Congress has issued a show cause notice to Amit and decided to wait for a report from the state unit before taking any action against Ajit Jogi since he is a member of the Congress Working Committee, the party’s top decision making body.