The Centre is hopeful that Madhya Pradesh governor Ram Naresh Yadav will resign and spare it the trouble of asking him to quit after the Special Task Force probing the MP professional exam scam registered an FIR against him on Tuesday.
“In the normal course of action, in these circumstances, the governor should resign on his own. We have asked the Madhya Pradesh government to send us a factual information on the circumstances leading to registration of FIR against him. Next action will be decided only after going through the information provided by the state government,” said a government functionary dealing with the matter.
The FIR against Yadav, a former chief minister of Uttar Pradesh from Janata Party who later joined Congress, had been registered in connection with alleged irregularities in recruitment of forest guards under various sections of IPC, including 420 for cheating. He has also been booked under Prevention of Corruption Act, a senior officer of the Special Task Force of MP police involved in the investigation said. The registration of FIR comes following a hearing in the matter in the Madhya Pradesh high court on February 20 when a division bench comprising Chief Justice AM Khanwilkar and justice Alok Aradhe had said “the STF is free to proceed against the high dignitary.”
Yadav was appointed governor of Madhya Pradesh in 2011 and his tenure will formally end on September 7, 2016. As per government sources, being a former Congressman Yadav is not likely to get any sympathy in New Delhi.