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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 petition’.

“Demanding something 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.