MP: EOW quizzes Digvijaya in 2001 corruption case

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Bhopal
  • Updated: Jun 08, 2016 20:06 IST
Congress workers demonstrating outside the EOW office in Bhopal on Wednesday. (Mujeeb Faruqui/HT photo)

Former Madhya Pradesh chief minister Digvijaya Singh was questioned for four hours by Economic Offences Wing (EOW) on Wednesday for allegedly favouring a private college in Bhopal during his tenure that cost the state Rs 21.50 lakh.

Radhavallabh Sharda, a journalist, registered a complaint with the EOW, which during investigation found that the RKDF Institute of Science and Technology had given admission wrongly to 12 students in 2000-01 and 2001-02.

The technical education department had fined the institute Rs 24 lakh for the wrongdoing, which was approved by then chief minister Digvijaya Singh. Later, Singh also okayed a file sent by then technical education minister Raja Pateria asking him for reduction of the fine amount to Rs 2.50 lakh, the complaint stated.

The EOW registered the case in December 2015 against Singh, then technical education minister Pateriya and RKDF education society chairman Sunil Kapoor.

After the interrogation, the Congress general secretary said he did nothing wrong and that the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) was playing dirty politics.

“The matter is politically motivated. For, they filed the complaint against me and my minister but why didn’t they interrogate the then chief secretary and the then principal secretary?” the Congress leader said.

He said “the BJP is targeting me as I have raised several issues of corruption against the government.”

“When in the raid of income tax, crores of rupees were unearthed from the houses of officers and ministers, why EOW doesn’t take any action against them?” he asked.

The Congress leader said when he asked the EOW officers if they would lodge FIRs against such officers and ministers they said they would take action.

“The BJP has exposed a great corruption case of Rs 5 lakh against me. If they want to hand over the case to CBI, I am ready,” he said.

The case against Singh and others has been registered under sections 420, 467, 468, 471 and 120 B of the IPC and sections 13(i) d and 13 (ii) of the prevention of corruption act, 1988.

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