Former chief minister Digvijaya Singh on Thursday appeared before the special investigation team (SIT) which is conducting probe into the case of alleged irregularities in recruitments made in the MP Assembly secretariat during the Congress’ tenure.
Singh reached the police control room at around 11 am. SIT’s investigator Salim Khan, a deputy superintendent of police (DSP) rank officer, questioned him in a closed room on the control room premises, with hundreds of Congress leaders and workers standing outside the police control room.
There was high security and scores of policemen were deployed to control the situation.
Congress workers set afire effigy of CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan, outside the control room. The questioning was on till the filing of this report.
The case was registered against Singh, former speaker Sriniwas Tiwari and 17 others including the beneficiaries earlier this year.
The appointments were made prior to 2003. Singh and the other accused were charged with fraud and criminal conspiracy in the case that was registered at Jehangirabad police station here (on February 28) on the complaint of SL Maithil, a deputy secretary at the Assembly secretariat.
The complaint said that the norms were allegedly violated and ineligible persons were given jobs. However, Congress has claimed that rules were not violated and the case was slapped, just because the party raised the issue of Vyapam scam.
The SIT had recently summoned Singh to appear before it, and record his statement. The police officials had prepared a list of more than 25 questions on which Singh’s response was to be sought.
Meanwhile, traffic was affected due to the large number of Congress workers and the police presence outside the Control Room, which is located on one of the two main arteries connecting New Bhopal with the Old Bhopal.