BHOPAL: Chief minister Kamal Nath on Tuesday said that the government would reopen Sunil Joshi murder case, in which BJP leader Pragya Singh Thakur was acquitted. The minister concerned is looking into the matter and he will decide how to proceed in it, said Nath while talking to media here on Tuesday.

In a politically-significant move, the Madhya Pradesh Congress government is contemplating to reopen the Joshi murder case in which Pragya was acquitted due to lack of evidence. The decision to open 12- year-old murder case comes a day after exit polls predicted a victory for BJP candidate Pragya, who is pitted against Congress’ Digvijaya Singh in Bhopal Lok Sabha Seat.

Earlier, too when the BJP had fielded Pragya, the Congress government had had decided to reopen the case. But they deferred the decision thinking that reopening of case would be sympathy gain for Pragya and might go against Congress candidate.

Now the state Law Minister PC Sharma has said that the government would appeal in a higher court to reopen the Sunil Joshi murder case. State Law Minister P C Sharma said a legal opinion is being sought for reopening the case as the bureaucrats had “faulted” by not appealing against the February 1, 2017, order of the court.