"Officials from the Centre or other states should be appointed for a fair probe into it", he demanded.
The Election Commission had asked the Chief Secretary of Chhattisgarh to 'urgently' institute a 'suitable enquiry' into the surfacing of an audio tape which suggested financial inducement behind the Congress candidate withdrawing from fray in an assembly by-poll last year.
A political storm has erupted in the state after an audio tape containing telephonic talks purportedly between Chief Minister Raman Singh's son-in-law Puneet Gupta, Congress leader Ajit Jogi and his son Amit surfaced, alleging their involvement in fixing the by-polls to Antagarh assembly seat.
Congress candidate for Antagarh (ST) seat Manturam Pawar, then considered an Ajit Jogi loyalist, had withdrawn from the fray just a day ahead of the last date for withdrawal and was later expelled from the party.
The tape purportedly contains conversations suggesting money exchanged hands. Chief Minister Raman Singh and the Jogis have trashed the charge as 'baseless'.

Congress' central leadership had said in Delhi that a decision on whether to act against Ajit Jogi, a member of the Congress Working Committee, could be taken only by the party high command.

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