PEB scam: MP governor likely to stand his ground for now
Governor Ramnaresh Yadav is unlikely to put in his papers any time soon, drawing strength from the fact that the Union government has not made any definitive moves against him yet, experts said.bhopal Updated: Mar 02, 2015 23:45 IST
Governor Ramnaresh Yadav is unlikely to put in his papers any time soon, drawing strength from the fact that the Union government has not made any definitive moves against him yet, experts said.
Yadav has been camping in Delhi for the past four days, waiting to meet the President over allegations that he had taken lakhs in bribe to help several people get government jobs as part of the larger Madhya Pradesh Professional Examination Board (MPPEB) rigging racket.
After initial indication that the Centre had asked him to step down, there has been no word from the Union government over what it plans for Yadav since the time he was named in an FIR on February 24.
Experts say the Union government is being careful so as not to jump the gun without looking at the evidence against Yadav.
"The governor works according to pleasure of the President and his removal could only be by aid and advice of the Union cabinet," said senior Supreme Court lawyer Vivek Tankha as he explained that the Cabinet’s decision needs to be an informed one that takes into account the legal admissibility of the material presented by investigative agencies.
As long as Yadav remains in the chair, he enjoys gubernatorial immunity that keeps him from being questioned or detained by the special task force (STF) probing the racket.
Political observer Girija Shankar said Yadav might even try to approach Supreme Court to get the FIR against him quashed. “As far as morality is considered, he should have resigned immediately after UPA lost power in centre as he was appointee of that regime. It seems this aspect is not troubling him much,” Shankar said.
Raj Bhawan sources said Monday that Yadav will return to the state capital on Tuesday.
The recruitment scam has turned into a political slugfest with the Congress accusing the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party government of shielding powerful people, including the chief minister, who may be complicit in the racket.
The scandal allegedly saw candidates bribe officials, rig examinations by deploying imposters to write test papers and supply forged answer sheets during the recruitment process conducted by the state-run board between 2012 and 2013. More than 1,800 arrests have been made so far.