Court restrains STF from arresting whistleblower in MP PEB scam
The Delhi high court on Monday restrained the Special Task Force (STF) of the Madhya Pradesh Police from arresting whistleblower Prashant Pandey or summoning him for interrogation in the Madhya Pradesh Professional Examination Board (MPPEB) scam.
The court ordered that Pandey would be interrogated in Delhi, if necessary, in the presence of his counsels and if STF arrested Pandey, it would be considered contempt of court.
The MPPEB scam relates to the irregularities in the PEB’s selection and recruitment process for various government posts.
Pandey on Monday moved an application in the Delhi high court, challenging the notice issued by the STF wherein he was summoned to report to the STF headquarters to record his statements in connection with the complaints lodged by former chief minister Digvijaya Singh that the excel-sheets recorded from the hard disc of one of the accused Nitin Mahindra's computer were tampered with.
In the notice issued on April 23, the STF had mentioned that Digvijaya Singh, in his statement to STF officials, had informed that he had 'digital evidence' from Prashant Pandey.
Talking to HT over the phone from Delhi, Pandey said he was provided police protection on the directions of the Delhi high court.
"STF knows I have settled in Delhi. Besides, they served notice at my parents' home. The STF had earlier refused to record my statements when the Delhi high court had permitted them, but they are summoning me now" he said.
He said he would soon move another application in the court, challenging the Special Investigation Team's findings related to the digital evidences he had submitted in the court.