The Supreme Court responded to the CBI's plea seeking transfer of CD scandal case to another state. The CBI claimed in the petition that the witnesses in the case were being threatened. A bench of the apex court headed by Justice Ashok Bhushan deferred the hearing for March 5. The court has also accepted the CBI's plea to make the Chhattisgarh government a party to the case.
The 2017 case seems to be catching up again. The CBI had recently filed a petition in the Supreme Court seeking a hearing outside of Chhattisgarh. They argued that the witnesses, in this case, are being threatened. The accused in the case is an advisor to the Chief Minister of Chhattisgarh. Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel himself is involved in the conspiracy.
The CBI counsel told the court that some witnesses are from Delhi, some are from Mumbai and some from other cities. Kailash Muraraka, a co-accused and a former BJP leader said, CBI has also made many allegations against the state government. In such a situation, the Chhattisgarh government should also be a party in this petition.
In today's hearing, senior advocate Abhishek Manu Singhvi from Chhattisgarh did not oppose the CBI's plea. Solicitor General Tushar Mehta stated that the demand for transfer was to prevent undue influence of the accused. The Supreme Court said that if the state government did not have any objection then; we accept the CBI's petition to make them parties.
In October 2017, a sex-CD allegedly of Rajesh Munat, the Public Works Minister of the then BJP government made headlines. A case was registered at Civil Line Police Station, Raipur. The police later arrested journalist Vinod Verma from Delhi. The Congress continued to call it a conspiracy of the government.
In September 2018, the then Congress state president Bhupesh Baghel was also arrested. He refused to take bail. After this, Congress took to the streets against the BJP government across the state. This arrest gave a new impetus to Congress workers. Bhupesh Baghel became the Chief Minister by winning the assembly elections held in November 2018.
The Supreme Court in 2019 stayed the ongoing hearing in the sex CD scandal against Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel. CM Bhupesh Baghel was asked by the court why the hearing should not be moved to another state.