Bhopal police have formed a special team led by an ASP to investigate the cases registered against Congress leaders Digvijaya Singh, Shriniwas Tiwari, and the 17 other persons, who were allegedly appointed in violation of the rules of the secretariat.
SP, South, Anshuman Singh, said: “We have started investigation and the statements of the accused persons will be recorded soon. The complainant has provided us some documents related to case, which are being verified,” said Singh.
On the basis of the complaint of deputy secretary in state assembly secretariat, SL Maithali, Jehangirabad police on Saturday registered a case against former chief minister Digvijaya Singh, former Assembly speaker Sriniwas Tiwari and 17 others under sections 420, 468, 471 and 120 (B) of the Indian Penal Code.
The complainant has given reference to the report of Justice Dwivedi Committee submitted to the government on January 23, 2006.
Notably, the state government had formed the committee led by Justice Sachindra Dwivedi on July 5, 2005, to probe the irregularities made in the appointments of the assembly secretariat between 1999 and 2003.
Meanwhile, questions are being raised over the timing of the FIR against Congress leaders as Justice Dwivedi’s report on the basis of which FIR has been registered was presented to the state government when Babulal Gaur (presently home minister) was chief minister, much before Shivraj Singh Chouhan was sworn-in as the chief minister of Madhya Pradesh for the first time.
The Opposition Congress is crying foul over the registration of FIR at a time when the chief minister is under severe attack from the opposition, particularly by Digvijaya Singh over the PEB scam.
State Congress chief Arun Yadav on Sunday said such ‘vindictive’ action would not demoralise the Congress, which was determined to expose the faces of the high and almighty, who were masterminding the PEB racket.
Cabinet spokesperson Narottam Mishra declined to comment, saying it was the decision of the state assembly and if there was some delay, they would be in a better position to explain.