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MPPEB scam: Governor cites immunity, moves High Court against FIR

The FIR against the Governor had followed after one of the accused, who is in jail named him.

Written by Milind Ghatwai | Bhopal |
Updated: March 8, 2015 2:32:38 am
MPPEB scam, Madhya Pradesh, MP Governor, Ram Naresh Yadav, MP High Court, Article 361, octogenarian, A M Khanvilkar, Mulayam Singh Yadav, Madhya Pradesh Bhavan, President of India, Congress, Digvijaya Singh, Nitin Mohindra Opposition Congress MLAs staging protest at Raj Bhawan demanding the resignation of Governor Ram Naresh Yadav and Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan in MP Professional Examination Board Scam, in Bhopal on Wednesday. (Source: PTI)

Putting to rest speculation over his resignation after his name figured in the MPPEB scam, Madhya Pradesh Governor Ram Naresh Yadav has moved the High Court challenging the FIR filed against him.

Citing Article 361, the octogenarian has argued that he enjoys immunity from any criminal proceedings in any court during his term of office, and sought an order to quash the FIR filed on February 24.

Chief Justice A M Khanvilkar is likely to hear Yadav’s plea Monday, Ashish Trivedi, one of his counsel, told The Sunday Express.

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Yadav camped in Madhya Pradesh Bhavan in Delhi from February 26 to March 3 after he was flown there in a state plane to attend the marriage of Lalu Prasad’s daughter with grandnephew of Mulayam Singh Yadav. He tried in vain to get an audience with the President. Apparently he also used the time to seek legal counsel.

The FIR against the Governor had followed after one of the accused, who is in jail for nearly a-year-and-a-half, named him. The Special Task Force (STF) is looking for his son Shailesh and has already arrested his former Officer on Special Duty Dhanraj Yadav.

The petition has cited documents and an affidavit submitted by senior Congress leader Digvijaya Singh, who had alleged that an Excel sheet submitted with a chargesheet was different from the original Excel sheet retrieved from the hard disk of computer used by Nitin Mohindra (a former MPPEB official).

Digvijaya Singh had alleged that the word “CM” in the original Excel sheet had been replaced with “Governor”, “middleman” and “Umabharatiji” at different places.

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First published on: 07-03-2015 at 01:00:00 am
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