FIR fiat against Congress leaders in Madhya Pradesh

Vyapam complainants booked, says party.

September 27, 2018 10:29 pm | Updated July 28, 2019 06:30 pm IST - Bhopal

Madhya Pradesh Congress chief Kamal Nath, right, with senior party leaders Jyotiraditya Scindia, left, and Digvijay Singh. File

Madhya Pradesh Congress chief Kamal Nath, right, with senior party leaders Jyotiraditya Scindia, left, and Digvijay Singh. File

A court here has directed the police to register an First Information Report (FIR) against senior Congress leaders Digvijaya Singh, Kamal Nath and Jyotiraditya Scindia and an RTI activist, on charges of “fabricating evidence” in the Vyapam scam case.

Private complaint

The Special Court of Additional District Judge Suresh Singh issued the order on Wednesday in response to a private complaint filed by advocate Santosh Sharma.

The judge asked the police to immediately register an FIR and submit its copy before the court, and also sought the investigation report in the case by November 13.

The Vyapam scam refers to irregularities in exams held by the Madhya Pradesh Professional Examination Board, also called Vyavasayik Pareeksha Mandal or Vyapam, for admission to professional courses and State services.

Mr. Sharma had filed the private complaint alleging that the Congress leaders and Prashant Pandey, a whistle-blower earlier in the Vyapam issue, were providing false evidence and misguiding the court in this connection.

His complaint came after Mr. Digvijaya Singh deposed on Saturday in a court here in connection with his private complaint seeking criminal prosecution of Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, Union Minister Uma Bharti and five others in the Vyapam scam.

Mr. Singh’s lawyer Kapil Sibal had then said that the former had submitted the copy of a document connected with the Vyapam scam in which Mr. Chouhan’s name figures 48 times.

Mr. Singh had also submitted documents running into 27,000 pages to accompany his charges, his counsel said.

Congress spokesman Bhupendra Gupta said a new “disturbing” trend had emerged in Madhya Pradesh where complainants in cases were being booked.

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