CBI probe against Tiwari

THE STATE Government today decided to hand over the cases of alleged corruption against the former Speaker Srinivas Tiwari to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) as recommended by Justice Sachindra Dwivedi Committee.

india Updated: Feb 19, 2006 15:23 IST

THE STATE Government today decided to hand over the cases of alleged corruption against the former Speaker Srinivas Tiwari to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) as recommended by Justice Sachindra Dwivedi Committee.

It is perhaps the first instance in India when the CBI has been requested to initiate inquiry against a former Speaker of any State Assembly.

An inquiry committee headed by Justice Dwivedi had looked into allegations of gross misuse of administrative powers by the Speaker in appointments and other irregularities.

Justice Sachindra Dwivedi Committee was constituted following directives of the High Court on a public interest litigation (PIL) filed by one Shankarlal Tiwari of Rewa. The High Court had dismissed his petition earlier but when he went in appeal against this order to the Supreme Court, the Apex Court directed the High Court to hear afresh portions of his plaint dealing with alleged misuse of administrative powers by the Speaker.

Following hearing in the case, High Court directed the State Government to constitute a committee to go into allegations of corruption and nepotism against Srinivas Tiwari.

In compliance with the court’s directive, a committee headed by the then additional chief secretary J L Bose was constituted to look into the matter. The committee submitted its report to General Administration Department (GAD). Subsequently, the committee headed by Justice Dwivedi was constituted to inquire into the matter.

In his report submitted last month, Justice Dwivedi had expressed surprise at the blatant manner in which Tiwari had misused his powers as Speaker in appointments, promotions, allocation of funds from his discretionary fund etc.

He had also expressed surprise as to how the then Chief Minister Digvijay Singh had turned a Nelson’s eye towards Tiwari’s wrongdoings.

Meanwhile, Leader of Opposition in the State Assembly Jamuna Devi has dubbed Shivraj Singh Chouhan Government’s decision to hand over inquiry against Tiwari to the CBI as malicious and politically-motivated. The BJP, which sought to defend MPs caught on camera taking bribe, was raising corruption charges against Congress leaders in the State to slur them, she said.


CM also makes announcement
In Gwalior, Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan told reporters on Saturday that the State Government has recommended CBI probe into ‘corruption charges and misuse of power in providing employment’ against former Srinivas Tiwari, following the report submitted by Justice Dwivedi Committee.

First Published: Feb 19, 2006 15:23 IST