Meanwhile, move to revive murder complaint against Digvijaya Singh, brother

The woman's family had accused Digvijaya Singh, who was then Madhya Pradesh chief minister, and his brother Laxman Singh of playing a role in Mishra’s death.

By: Express News Service | Bhopal | Published: July 23, 2015 4:35 am
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More than 18 years after the mysterious death of Congress leader Sarla Mishra, her family members and the BJP have demanded a CBI probe into the incident. At the time, the family had accused Digvijaya Singh, who was then Madhya Pradesh chief minister, and his brother Laxman Singh of playing a role in Mishra’s death.

The 40-year-old had sustained severe burns when she allegedly immolated herself on February 14, 1997. She died in Delhi’s Safdarjung hospital five days later.

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On Monday, BJP MLA Vishwas Sarang wrote to Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan seeking a probe into Mishra’s death. Sarang said the then home minister Charandas Mahant had assured a CBI probe on the floor of the Assembly on February 27, 1997 but no notification was ever issued.

Mishra’s brother Anand also called on Chouhan on Wednesday and, in the presence of reporters, said, “Is this how you plan to protect daughters? You can’t get the murder of a daughter probed by the CBI.”

After promising that he will do the needful, Chouhan took Anand inside his chamber in the Assembly and reportedly called up the DGP.

The Congress responded by attacking the BJP for raking up an old case. “Digvijaya Singh has himself favoured a CBI probe into the matter. Let the probe be ordered the truth will emerge,” Congress spokesman Manak Agrawal said.

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    krish
    Jul 29, 2015 at 12:36 am
    If Digvijay wanted to have CBI probe why he did not act immediately.
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      Ashutosh
      Jul 23, 2015 at 8:45 pm
      “Digvijaya Singh has himself favoured a CBI probe into the matter. Let the probe be ordered the truth will emerge,” Congress spokesman Manak Agrawal said. - If he favored the probe then why didn't he order for CBI probe - Being in favor but not ordering when in power - does it make any sense ?
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        Bijan Mohanty
        Jul 23, 2015 at 5:08 pm
        Shanta Kumar told the truth. It seems most of the ministers in BJP do not have respect for the top leadership. It is only a question of time before dissent comes out into the open.
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          indian
          Jul 23, 2015 at 9:59 am
          BJP seems to believe that offence is the best form of defence - If the Diggy case had any merit why has BJP not taken it up over the past 11 years that it has been in power in MP ? Didnt it think it proper to probe the death of a lady or did it think that a CBI probe can only be controlled by the ruling party at the centre ? Sadly, all this only shows the lack of moral values everywhere.
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            jodharora
            Jul 24, 2015 at 3:17 am
            I remember Laxman Singh when he came here for treatment of his wife, he was BJP MP. I hope he still supports BJP. I want some body to clarify.
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