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City court acquits CM Das, Model Code of Conduct violation charges

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Jamshedpur, March 31: A city court has acquitted the Jharkhand Chief Minister and BJP MLA from Jamshedpur East constituency, Raghubar Das in a case related to violation of Model Code of Conduct in 2009 Assembly election.

The case of violation of Model Code of Conduct was lodged with the Sakchi police station seven years ago in 2009. Das along with Chandrasekhar Mishra, former BJP East Singhbhum district unit president, and Ramphal Mishra, a BJP worker were acquitted due to lack of evidence.

The district administration had accused Ramphal Mishra of opening a BJP election office and putting up party flags in Kasidih, Sakchi, without prior permission during the Assembly polls in 2009. As a result, a case under IPC Sections 188, 171 and others was registered with the Sakchi police.

Chief judicial magistrate (CJM) Ajit Kumar Singh on Thursday acquitted Das and two others in the case relating to the state Assembly polls of 2009, saying adequate evidence was not available to prove the charges against them.
The three were also charged under sections of IPC and Defacement of Property Act.

Das, who arrived in the steel city from Ranchi this morning, appeared in the court along with Chandrasekhar Mishra and Ramphal Mishra.

The case had been registered against them on the basis of a statement of an Election Commission official T Kerketta.

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