Written byAnjana Raghav
A court in Bhopal has directed police to register an FIR against senior Congress leaders Digvijay Singh, Kamal Nath, and Jyotiraditya Scindia, and an RTI activist on charges of "fabricating evidence" in the Vyapam scam case.
The Special Court of Additional District Judge Suresh Singh issued the order yesterday in response to a private complaint filed by advocate Santosh Sharma.
Sharma had filed the private complaint in the court Monday, alleging that the Congress leaders and Prashant Pandey, a whistle-blower earlier in Vyapam issue, were providing false evidence and misguiding the court in this connection.
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.
Interestingly, Sharma's complaint came after Digvijay Singh deposed on Saturday in a Bhopal court in connection with his private complaint seeking criminal prosecution of MP Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, Union Minister Uma Bharti, and five others in the Vyapam scam.
Singh had deposed for over two hours before judge Suresh Singh of the special court dealing with cases related to MLAs and MPs.
Digvijay Singh's lawyer Kapil Sibal had said that the former had submitted the copy of a document connected with the scam in which Chouhan's name figures 48 times.
Singh had also submitted documents running into 27,000 pages to accompany his charges.
Meanwhile, State Congress spokesman Bhupendra Gupta said a new "disturbing" trend has emerged in Madhya Pradesh where complainants were being booked.
The Vyapam scam refers to the irregularities in exams held by the Madhya Pradesh Professional Examination Board (MPPEB), also called the Vyavasayik Pareeksha Mandal or Vyapam, for admission in professional courses and state services. The scam was unearthed in 2013.
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