Digvijaya asked 250 questions in MP Assembly recruitment case

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Bhopal
  • Updated: Oct 15, 2015 22:10 IST
Digvijaya Singh after appearing before SIT at police control room, in Bhopal on Thursday. (Mujeeb Faruqui/HT photo)

Former Madhya Pradesh chief minister Digvijaya Singh was asked 250 questions during a five-hour quizzing by the police over assembly recruitment scam amid Congress protests outside the venue.

The scam took place when Digvijaya was the chief minister of the state and later this year a case was lodged against him and 17 others.

Earlier, the police had asked Digvijaya to appear before police on September 30.

But, he got it rescheduled as he was away in the USA attending his daughter under treatment. Accordingly, the police fixed October 15 as the day of quizzing.

On Thursday, Digvijaya had reached the office of (CSP) Jehangirabad Salim Khan, who heads the Special Investigation Team (SIT), at around 11am with his MLA son Jaivardhan Singh and other party leaders, including PCC chief Arun Yadav and lawyer Ajay Gupta.

The entire quizzing was held in camera by Khan who was accompanied by an inspector and two sub-inspectors in the room.

Later, Singh’s lawyer Ajay Gupta told journalists that the Congress leader told the police that the appointments were made after an assent from the entire cabinet which included all the ministers and hence there was no reason to book him and the then Speaker Sriniwas Tiwari.

The lawyer said that the FIR was lodged against Digvijaya because of “personal enmity towards him.”

However, SIT inevstigator Salim Khan said, “We have recorded his (Divijaya’s) statement. On the basis of our investigation and available evidence and the statements, we will take further action.”

Meanwhile, the Congressmen burnt chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan’s effigy to register their protest and police resorted a mild lathicharge to disperse them.

Digvijaya Singh caught a baton wielding cop by the collar and asked him to behave as he came out at around 4.30 pm. He went off in his car without talking to journalists.

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