A man tried to set himself ablaze as he charged towards the cavalcade of outgoing Madhya Pradesh Governor Ramnaresh Yadav, who was leaving Raj Bhavan after his five-year term in office. The incident occurred at around 4.30 pm, when the cavalcade was still inside the main gate of the Raj Bhavan. A man identified as Manoj Tripathi tried to immolate himself, asking for Yadav to be immediately booked in the Vyapam scam.
Yadav, 88, who had been granted immunity by courts from prosecution for his alleged role in the scam till he was in office, was scheduled to leave for the airport at the time of the incident. A few policemen caught hold of Tripathi and managed to put out the fire by tearing off his clothes, even as he shouted accusations blaming Yadav for his alleged role in the scam.
While Tripathi, who is reported to be an RTI activist, was rushed for medical treatment, Yadav’s departure for Lucknow was delayed by a few minutes.
Yadav had been undergoing treatment at a hospital for the last few days.
Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan and his ministerial colleagues were present at the airport to see off Yadav, and to welcome Gujarat Governor O P Kohli, who has been given additional charge of MP Governor for the time being.
The CBI had registered an FIR against Yadav in February 2015 in the case, but three months later the Madhya Pradesh High Court had directed the state agency to remove his name from the FIR arguing that he enjoyed constitutional immunity from criminal proceedings till he was in office.
Yadav was named accused no 10 in the FIR by the agency which said he had recommended five names for illegal recruitment as forest guards by using unfair means in the examination conducted by Madhya Pradesh Professional Examination Board, popularly known as Vyapam.