Governor Ramnaresh Yadav moved the Madhya Pradesh high court on Thursday, challenging an FIR against him in the highly-publicised PEB scam and seeking immunity under his constitutional post.
The special task force (STF) probing the multi-layered scam in the Professional Examination Board, has accused Yadav of alleged complicity in the recruitment of forest guards.
In his petition, filed through his lawyer AM Trivedi, the governor said the criminal proceedings against him were contrary to provisions of Article 361(2) and (3) of the Constitution which give immunity to the President and governors while in office.
HT has a copy of the petition.
The governor has also sought clarification on the high court’s order passed on February 20, 2015 which was made a basis for registering the FIR against him.
Yadav said, prima facie the FIR lodged by the STF is false and frivolous as it is based on (the) statement of an accused Nitin Mohindra, who has been in the custody of police for more than one-and-half years since July 18, 2013.
The governor also said in the petition that an excel-sheet allegedly containing his name and submitted to SIT by Congress leader Digvijaya Singh was “forged by alternation."
The court will hear the petition on March 9.
The scam saw candidates rig examinations through scamsters who employed imposters to write test papers, manipulated sitting arrangements and even supplied forged answer sheets.
The governor has been under pressure to resign ever since the name of his son appeared in a supplementary charge sheet in another scam related to recruitment of contract teachers. His former private assistant Dhanraj Yadav is in jail in connection with the scam.
However, the veteran Congress leader from Uttar Pradesh has refused to resign.