The Madhya Pradesh high court on Friday stayed the execution of an FIR against Governor Ramnaresh Yadav till the final judgement in connection with the multi-layered Professional Examination Board scam.
The special task force (STF) had lodged the FIR on February 24. The governor later challenged it in the high court, which stayed the FIR after reserving the order on April 13.
Hearing the case on Friday, the division bench of Chief Justice AM Khanwilkar and justice Rohit Arya observed that the governor was being granted the stay on the FIR against him till the pronouncement of the final judgement as the state was yet to file the written submission, which the petitioner had already filed to the satisfaction of the court.
The court also directed the investigation agency to follow the protocol in consonance with the Governor’s office.
It categorically said that the STF should not to take any coercive action against the Governor while executing the FIR.
The same should be maintained “while carrying the investigation against other named accused or persons likely to be named", the court said, adding the date of pronouncement of the judgement would be notified in due course.
The Governor was one of the named accused in the FIR lodged by the STF in Bhopal on February 24.
The FIR carries charges under sections 417, 420, 467, 468, 471, 477 (A), 120-B of IPC and sections 65 and 66 of Information Technology Act, section 7, 13(1(D)), 13(2) and 15 of Prevention of Corruption Act and sections 3(d), 1, 2/4 Manyata Prapt Pariksha Adhiniyam.