The Madhya Pradesh High Court rejected the anticipatory bail application of former speaker of Vidhan Sabha, Sriniwas Tiwari, on Saturday with observation that “it was a case where custodial interrogation of the applicant is necessary”.
Tiwari, 89, is one of accused in the case of alleged irregularities in appointments in the state assembly secretariat. An FIR was registered against 17 persons in the case.
The alleged illegal appointments into various cadres were done during Tiwari's tenure as speaker of the Vidhan Sabha from 1993 to 2003.
In his order, Justice GS Solanki rejected the grounds of old age and ailments as cited by Tiwari as grounds to seek bail.
The judge said “usually every elderly person has to face such type of aliments.”
The court also turned down the applicant's contention that he had been falsely implicated in the case as his son Sunderlal Tiwari is sitting MLA from Gurh assembly constituency, Rewa, who spoke about alleged involvement of the chief minister in corruption.
The court also denied permission to Tiwari for interrogation with the assistance of a lawyer.
The sessions court at Bhopal had earlier rejected the bail application of Tiwari on March 9, 2013.
Meanwhile, in a related matter, the court dismissed the bail application of former secretary Satyanarayan Sharma, another accused in the case.
While dismissing the bail application of Sharma, the court said “the applicant was initially appointed on post of lower division clerk without any prescribed qualification and jumped to the post of secretary (Class I officer post) within short span of 10 years”.
“There is prima facie a strong case against the applicant (Sharma) and investigation is still pending and if he is released on bail, it is possible that he will manipulate and tamper the evidence and influence the witnesses of the secretariat and other departments,” the court said.