Senior Congress leader Digvijaya Singh on Tuesday sought time from Bhopal police till October 11 before he could appear for questioning in connection with alleged assembly secretariat recruitment scam.
City superintendent of police (CSP), jehangirabad, Salim Khan had issued a notice to former chief minister of MP, Digvjjaya Singh, asking him to appear in his office for interrogation in connection with alleged irregularities in appointments in the state assembly secretariat during his regime as chief minister of the state between 1993 to 2003.
Speaker of the state assembly then Srininwas Tiwari is also an accused in the case but he has secured anticipatory bail from the supreme court against arrest while Singh has not done it.
Singh has been accused of corruption, fraud and criminal conspiracy in the case under relevant sections of the IPC and Prevention of Corruption Act.
Writing on behalf of Singh, his lawyer Ajay Gupta in an application addressed to CSP, Jehangirabad, said that Digvjjaya Singh was in USA in connection with treatment of his daughter, who is battling cancer and it won’t be possible for him to produce himself for interrogation on September 30, therefore any date after October 11 be fixed for him to prsent himself for quizzing in your office.
The application was handed over in the office of Salim Khan by a member of Digvjjaya Singh’s local staff OP Sharma on Tuesday afternoon. Response of the police to Digvjjaya’s request was not known.
Talking to HT, Gupta said, “We have requested for a date after October 11 since Singh is in USA for a pressing reason. We hope they would take an appropriate decision and inform us.”
Digvjjaya Singh on Monday had tweeted from USA on the notice issued to him by the police saying that he was not going to run away anywhere and he would be presenting himself to the police for interrogation in the case in question.
Salim Khan was not available for comments.