Congress blames STF for arresting minors in MP

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Bhopal
  • Updated: Feb 23, 2015 23:47 IST

The Congress on Monday charged the Special Task Force with arresting teenaged minors against the juvenile justice laws in the Professional Examination Board (PEB) scam.

The Congress had recently revived the 2013 scam by dragging chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan’s name into it and alleging his complicity in the scam which has so far seen 1800 arrests.

Meanwhile, in an apparent bid to keep the issue alive, the Congress in a statement issued on Monday alleged that the STF had arrested many minors and had even produced them before the chief judicial magistrate's court in violation of the juvenile justice laws.

Madhya Pradesh Congress spokesperson KK Mishra said that under the Juvenile Justice Act, if an accused was not a major, then the charge sheet against him should be produced in a juvenile court without making their names public.

There is a provision of penalty if these norms are violated. Still, the STF produced the charge-sheets against many minors in pre-medical test (PMT) in the CJM court, Mishra alleged.

The Congress has repeatedly accused the STF of shoddy investigation in the PEB scam. The party has even charged STF with conducting an unfair and uprofessional probe.

The STF officials, however, refused to comment on the charges.

On Friday, the high court had pulled up the Special Task Force for not catching accused dignitaries. The court had even asked the STF to produce exact details of the arrests made in a reply on February 23. The high court has appointed Special Investigation Team (SIT) to monitor the STF probe into the scam.

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