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Vyapam case: FIR against ‘high dignitary’ likely today

SIT says Excel sheet submitted by Digvijaya Singh is being examined for its veracity.

Written by Milind Ghatwai | Bhopal |
February 24, 2015 2:42:57 am

Amid indications that the Special Task Force (STF) probing the Vyapam (MPPEB) scam could file an FIR against a “high dignitary’’ Tuesday, the High Court appointed Special Investigation Team (SIT) Monday said the Excel sheet submitted by Congress leader Digvijaya Singh is being examined for its veracity.

Though neither the STF, a wing of the state police which is probing the scam since 2013, nor the three-member SIT constituted in November 2014 to monitor the probe, has made the name public so far, Union Minister for Social Justice Thaavar Chand Gehlot has said the “high dignitary” is Governor Ram Naresh Yadav.

The STF had recently sought guidance from the SIT to proceed against the Governor whose son Shailesh Yadav’s name figures in the chargesheet submitted in a court in Bhopal. The SIT led by former MP Up-Lokayukta Chandresh Bhushan has already given its nod for action against the Governor and the High Court has endorsed it.

Sources in Raj Bhawan said the octogenarian went about his schedule Monday without betraying any nervousness and chose not to react to the impending action against him or to break his silence over serious allegations against his son and himself.

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Bhushan, a former judge of the MP High Court, said if the investigating officer was satisfied (about evidence) he could lodge an FIR against anyone, “be it the Governor or anybody else’’. Bhushan said the STF or some other agency can verify the Excel sheet submitted by Singh.

The opposition Congress continued to create ruckus inside the assembly seeking resignation of Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan.

Meanwhile, the High Court was Monday said a large number of accused who had not been arrested belonged to Uttar Pradesh. The court wanted to know whether the absconding accused were “racketeers, middlemen, beneficiaries or scorers”.


The division bench comprising Chief Justice A M Khanvilkar and Justice Alok Aradhe was told that a majority of those who are at large are scorers.

The court asked for the status report about the absconding accused while posting the matter for March 4.

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First published on: 24-02-2015 at 02:42:57 am
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