Digvijaya’s arrest would spark protests in Madhya Pradesh: Cong

  • Ashutosh Shukla, Hindustan Times, Bhopal
  • Updated: Sep 28, 2015 00:02 IST
Senior Congress leader Digvijaya Singh. (HT File Photo)

After Bhopal police issued a notice to senior Congress leader Digvjjaya Singh on Sunday, asking him to present himself at the office of city superintendent of police on September 30 for questioning regarding the alleged recruitment scam in the state assembly secretariat during his regime as chief minister, debate follows on whether he will be arrested after interrogation.

Singh did not seek anticipatory bail in the matter like the former speaker of the state assembly, Sriniwas Tiwari, who is also an accused in the case. Among the 25 accused in the case, 19 are in jail but most of them are appointees.

A Congress leader, while describing action against Singh as “political vendetta”, said that in the event of his arrest, Congressmen all over the state would hit the street and the consequence would be the responsibility of the Shivraj Singh Chouhan government.

State Congress chief spokesperson KK Mishra said, “Digvijaya Singh is being implicated in the case because of his relentless crusade against the chief minister in the Vyapam scam. The entire Congress party is with him and we shall all accompany him if he decides to present himself before the CSP Salim Khan on September 30.”

When asked whether he sees any possibility of Singh’s arrest, Mishra said, “Maybe. All those who have been arrested in the case were also summoned for questioning and were detained. If it happens, Congressmen will not sit at home and there will be intense agitation throughout the state.”

BJP state spokesperson Dr Hitesh Bajpai said, “It’s for the investigators to take a call on that. It’s not a political call. Law is taking its own course in the matter and if he has done something wrong, he will face the consequences.”

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