Disgraced former Madhya Pradesh Finance minister Raghavji filed an application in the state High Court on Monday seeking bail. Raghavji was sent to jail under judicial custody till July 22, after alleged sodomy charges were levelled against him by his domestic help Rajkumar Dangi.
The petition claimed that the former minister was framed in the matter by BJP leader Shiv Shankar Pateria, as the latter had demanded a state-level post from him and even offered Rs one crore to him. It said that since the former minister had refused to oblige him, Pateria conspired with Raghavji's servant Rajkumar Dangi to defame him.
The petition also highlighted that in his 64-year-long political career, no charges were levelled against him and the the conspiracy was hatched to defame him before assembly polls which are due in next four months. It also mentioned about Raghavji's old age and his medical problems. The court is likely to take up the petition on Tuesday.
A case was registered against Raghavji on July 7 after Rajkumar Dangi's complaint and later he was arrested from a flat in the Koh-e-Fiza area of Bhopal. A Bhopal court had rejected Raghavji's bail plea after which he filed an application in the High Court.