High Court rejects Digvijay’s ‘letter petition’ for CBI probe into MPPEB scam
BHOPAL: “Courts are not
arenas for political wrestling,” Madhya Pradesh High Court said on Monday while
disposing of a ‘letter petition’ filed by Congress general secretary Digvijay
Singh seeking a CBI probe into the MPPEB scam and directing him to file a ‘proper
from the court by writing letter will set a wrong precedent as courts have their
own procedures. File a petition as per the legal procedure,” a division bench
of the court comprising Chief Justice AM Khanvilkar and Justice Alok Aradhe
said disposing of Singh’s plea.
Singh had sent a letter
to the court highlighting deficiencies in the investigation being conducted by
a Special Investigation Team (SIT) constituted by the state government in the
Madhya Pradesh Professional Examination Board scam and had sought a probe by
the CBI. He wanted his letter to be treated as a petition.
Singh had highlighted
the way students and their parents were arrested in a midnight crackdown and
alleged that despite involvement of RSS leaders they had not been questioned.
He had also raised the
issue of 'conflict of interest' as Additional Advocate General Purshendra
Kaurav, who had as a lawyer filed a petition on behalf of former ABVP leader VD
Sharma in a case related to admissions in private medical colleges, was now
defending the state and MPPEB. Sharma's case is still subjudice, Singh had said
in his letter.
The MPPEB scam is
related to manipulation of pre-medical test results and recruitment to various
government services, including teachers, constables and food inspectors.
The Congress and
state's ruling BJP have been targeting each other over the scam. State's former
technical education minister Laxmikant Sharma and several officials and
students are under arrest in the case.
Congress had even
accused Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan and his wife of complicity in the
scam following which he filed a defamation case against Congress spokesman KK
Mishra, who had made the allegations.