Home Minister Rajnath Singh Thursday met President Pranab Mukherjee as speculation mounted over the continuance of Ram Naresh Yadav as Madhya Pradesh governor in the wake of the CBI probe into the Vyapam scandal.
There was no official word on the 30 minute meeting, except that it was pre-scheduled, but it came on a day the Supreme Court issued notice to Yadav, the Centre and the Madhya Pradesh government seeking his ouster.
There was speculation that a decision on continuance of Yadav as governor may be taken after Prime Minister Narendra Modi's return from his visit abroad on July 13. But there was no confirmation.
Yadav is an accused in the Vyapam scam, the examination and recruitment racket in Madhya Pradesh that allegedly involves political leader and top officials. However the Madhya Pradesh High Court had earlier quashed an FIR against him on grounds of constitutional immunity.
Naresh Yadav's son was found dead in March in mysterious circumstances at his Lucknow residence, a month after an FIR was filed against him in the Vyapam scam
A Congressman and UPA appointee, Yadav's five year tenure ends in August 2016.
Meanwhile, NDTV reported quoting sources that Congress has directly approached the governor asking him to resign
An emissary of Congress chief Sonia Gandhi called up the governor but he stood his ground saying he had done no wrong, the TV channel reported.
The Congress also publicly demanded that the governor quit on moral grounds following the SC notice to him. "Serving notice is a serious matter," former union minister Suresh Pachouri said.
CBI probe into Vyapam
Earlier in the day, the Supreme Court ordered a CBI investigation into the Vyapam scam and the deaths of accused and witnesses related to the scandal.
A bench headed by Chief Justice H L Dattu asked the premier investigative agency to take over all Vyapam cases from the Special Task Force of the MP police by Monday and submit to it a report on July 24, when the court will take a call on monitoring the investigation, as sought by the petitioners.
The apex court's order transferring all Vyapam-related cases to the CBI came after the state government gave its consent to shifting investigation from the Special Investiation Team (SIT) and the Special Task Force (STF).
More than 40 people have died under mysterious circumstances and 2000 arrested ever since the scam surface in 2013.