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``Mr. Jogi has been asked to respond to the notice by submitting his explanation point-wise positively by tomorrow,'' Assembly sources said.
The notice was served on Mr. Jogi on December 10 after the BJP MLAs, Ajay Chandrakar, Rajinder Pal Singh Bhatia and others, tabled a privilege motion against him.
In their petition, the BJP MLAs alleged that in the purported conversation between Mr. Jogi and other BJP leaders for engineering defections from among their party MLAs into the Congress, the former Chief Minister said ``defectors would not be disqualified since the Speaker was his man,'' sources said.
``This statement of Mr. Jogi was coming under the purview of the contempt of the chair (presiding officer) and also breach of privilege of the House,'' the BJP MLAs said, according to the sources.
Along with the notice, Mr. Jogi has also been given a copy of the cassette of the taped conversation and newspaper clippings submitted by the BJP MLAs for his explanation, they added.
CBI traces bank account
The CBI has found the bank account from which the money was allegedly given to the BJP legislator, Virender Pandey, besides examining some other witnesses in the scam in which Mr. Jogi and two others have been booked.
CBI sources said the bank account from where the money had been withdrawn had been traced but did not divulge details.
The sources said a 25-member CBI team headed by a Joint Director had also visited the place where Mr. Jogi had allegedly handed over the cash to Mr. Pandey.
After taking over the documents and other things from the State's Anti-Corruption Bureau, the CBI was now examining the evidence before deciding on calling Mr. Jogi and the other two for questioning.
The CBI earlier this week filed an FIR under the Prevention of Corruption Act against Mr. Jogi, his son Amit and the defected Congress MP, P.R. Khunte.
A team from the Central Forensic and Scientific Laboratory had also arrived in Raipur and would conduct the voice test of all those mentioned in the audiotape.
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