Digvijaya’s arrest would lead to protests: MP Congress

  • Ashutosh Shukla, Hindustan Times, Bhopal
  • Updated: Sep 28, 2015 17:58 IST

After Bhopal police issued a notice to senior Congress leader Digvijaya Singh on Sunday, asking him to present himself at the office of city superintendent of police (CSP), Jehangirabad on September 30 for questioning regarding the alleged recruitment scam in the state assembly secretariat during his regime as chief minister of Madhya Pradesh, debate follows on whether he would be arrested after interrogation.

Singh didn’t seek anticipatory bail in the matter like the former speaker of the state assembly Sriniwas Tiwari, who is also an accused in the case. Among the 25 accused in the case, 19 are in jail but most of them are appointees.

A Congress leader, while describing action against Singh as “political vendetta,” said that in the event of his arrest, Congressmen all over the state would hit the streets and the consequence would be the responsibility of the Shivraj Singh Chouhan government.

State Congress chief spokesperson KK Mishra said, “Digvijaya Singh is being implicated in the case because of his relentless crusade against the chief minister in Vyapam scam. The entire Congress party is with him and we shall all accompany him if he decides to present himself before the CSP Salim Khan on September 30.”

When asked whether he sees any possibility of Singh’s arrest, Mishra said, “May be. All those who have been arrested in the case were also summoned for questioning and were detained. If it happens, Congressmen will not sit at home and there will be intense agitation throughout the state.”

Former vice president of the state Congress, Manak Agrawal challenged the government. “Let them arrest him. He is prepared for arrest. In fact, he had asked the CSP as to when he was coming to arrest him. The Congress will hold jail bharo andolan throughout the state in the event of his arrest,” he said.

BJP state spokesperson Dr Hitesh Bajpai said, “It’s for the investigators to take a call on that. It’s not a political call. Law is taking its own course in the matter and if he has done something wrong, he will face the consequences.”

After Digvijaya Singh appeared before Special Investigation Team (SIT) and handed over papers to prove his contention that Chouhan himself was involved in the Vyapam scam, an undersecretary of the state assembly secretariat had lodged a complaint in Jehangirabad police station on an alleged scam in appointments during Singh’s tenure as chief minister, in which he was also accused under sections 420, 467, 468, 471, 120 (b) of the IPC and 13 (1-D/2) of Prevention of Corruption Act.

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