After failing to meet President Pranab Mukherjee, MP governor Ram Naresh Yadav, who has been booked in the multi-layered Professional Examination Board (PEB) scam, returned to Bhopal early Tuesday evening, scuttling all speculations to the contrary.
The governor landed in Bhopal in the state plane and kept the media that had gathered outside the state hangar totally at bay. The governor looked flustered at the presence of the media even as he left straight for Raj Bhawan.
Raj Bhavan public relations office confirmed that the governor could not meet the President during his five-day stay in New Delhi. He had made repeated attempts to seek appointment with the President, but to no avail.
Raj Bhawan sources said that Yadav would be going to Delhi again after Holi (March 6) as the President House had indicated to him the likelihood that the President might give him time to meet after the festival. They also ruled out any likelihood of his resignation in near future.
Other sources claimed that the governor had met senior legal experts during his stay in Delhi and sought their opinion on his position in view of the FIR.
Yadav was booked under charges of criminal conspiracy, fraud and corruption by the special task force (STF) of the MP Police on February 24 in the forest guard recruitment exam 2013 case. The governor has been charged with recommending the names of five candidates for recruitment in lieu of Rs 4 lakh from each of them.
Even as speculations of his resignation made rounds, the governor had left for New Delhi on February 26 to attend a wedding ceremony in the families of Samajwadi Party supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav and Rashtriya Janata Dal chief Lalu Prasad Yadav. Since then, he was camping in Delhi, trying to meet the President.
The governor’s is the biggest name in the multi-layered scam so far that saw rigging of several recruitment and entrance tests conducted by the MP government-run PEB in 2012 and 2013. The series of scams had broken in July 2013 and more than 1,800 arrests have been made till now.