Madhya Pradesh High Court has dismissed a petition filed by Congress state spokesman seeking contempt of court proceedings against state Industries Minister Kailash Vijaywargiya for his statement regarding a CBI probe following HC's order.
A division bench comprising Justices Ajit Singh and U C Maheshwari in Jabalpur on Monday also imposed a cost of Rs 2,000 on Madhya Pradesh Congress spokesperson K K Mishra with the observation that his petition does not have any substance and it was politically motivated to gain publicity.
The Bench said Vijaywargiya being a citizen of the country has the right to express his views whether right or wrong adding he has not uttered a single word against the court which could lead to contempt proceedings.
As per the petition, Vijaywargiya had said that the CBI was being misused by the UPA government for witch-hunting.
The petition said the Minister's statement was a reaction to the former Madhya Pradesh Minister and BJP MLA Kamal Patel's arrest by CBI in connection with missing of one Durgesh Jat from Harda district.
The petitioner said it was the High Court that had directed the CBI to carry out the probe into the matter of Jat, missing since March 2008, and not the UPA government after a habeas corpus petition filed by his father alleged that state police were not investigating properly.
The petition claimed that Minister's statement was against the HC given that the CBI is carrying the probe following its order.