Even as MP governor Ramnaresh Yadav remains elusive after an first information report (FIR) was lodged against him in the forest guard recruitment scam 2013, the Special Task Force (STF) may soon register two more FIRs against him for his alleged involvement in the 2013 transport constable recruitment scam and the 2013 contract school teachers' grade II appointment scam.
The FIR against the governor was lodged after the Madhya Pradesh high court endorsed the view of the Special Investigation Team (SIT) that the STF should proceed against the governor in the light of fresh evidences against him during the investigation.
After opening the two sealed envelopes received from the STF in the last hearing of the case on February 20, the double bench of chief justice AM Khanwilkar and justice Alok Aradhe said: "We have also noticed that the SIT has already issued directions to the STF to proceed in the matter and take the investigation in connection with those new facts to its logical end. However, because of the involvement of the high dignitary, the STF submitted reference to the SIT for guidance, which has now been brought to our notice by this report. In our opinion, the direction issued by the SIT is just and proper and the STF must proceed in the manner suggested by SIT and in accordance with law."
Following this order, the STF lodged an FIR against the governor under sections 420, 120 (b), 467 and 468 of the Indian Penal Code for fraud and criminal conspiracy and under relevant sections of the Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988, for taking bribes.
The governor has been accused of recommending the names of five candidates for Rs 4 lakh each.
The high court order, however, refers to fresh revelations in case no. 18/2014 of the STF while discussing the issue of legal action against the high dignitary, which is not related to the forest guard recruitment scam but the transport constable recruitment scam.
STF sources said ‘new revelations’ about the governor's involvement in the forest guard recruitment scam 2013 surfaced when they interrogated former principal system analyst in PEB Nitin Mahindra in connection with the transport constable recruitment scam in 2013.
"Mahindra, during interrogation, categorically said not just the governor's son but the governor himself had recommended names in various recruitment tests, the forest guard recruitment test being one of them," said an STF official, on condition of anonymity.
He further said the governor had recommended two names each in the transport constable recruitment test 2013 and the contract school teachers' recruitment test 2013 and it was likely that the FIRs would be registered against him in these cases.