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Dwivedi report in quagmire

BUOYED BY the observations of the General Administration and the Law departments that the report against him is not fit enough to refer to the CBI for a thorough probe, former Speaker Sriniwas Tiwari has called Justice Shachindra Dwivedi ?an RSS stooge too eager to please the BJP government?.

india Updated: Mar 11, 2006 12:50 IST

BUOYED BY the observations of the General Administration and the Law departments that the report against him is not fit enough to refer to the CBI for a thorough probe, former Speaker Sriniwas Tiwari has called Justice Shachindra Dwivedi ‘an RSS stooge too eager to please the BJP government’.

“The unseemly haste with which he prepared the report against me and recommended a CBI probe on it shows that Justice Dwivedi is perhaps eyeing the post of Up Lokayukta,” Tiwari told the Hindustan Times. However, Justice Dwivedi has strongly refuted the veteran Congress leader’s allegations, asserting that he never hankered for any post in his life.

“Those accusing me of greed or ambition should know that I was offered the post of High Court judge way back in 1980 when the late P C Sethi was the Union Home Minister and there was no elected government in the State. There could be no bigger post than that for a person from legal fraternity. When that could not tempt me, what to talk of any other post?” he said.

On the opinions of the principal secretaries of GAD and Law departments, Justice Dwivedi said if they thought the report to be superfluous, they should explain why they thought so. “I have prepared the report referring to all the documents available,” he asserted.

Justice Dwivedi had gone into the allegations of misconduct, corruption and nepotism against Tiwari as the Speaker for 10 years. Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chauhan has already recommended a CBI inquiry into the matter even as the Principal Secretary, General Administration Department (GAD) Khushiram and the Principal Secretary Law P P Tiwari found the report
too superfluous to be referred to the CBI.

GAD Principal Secretary P Khushiram observed the charges were not clear against Tiwari so referring the matter to the CBI would be difficult.

Law Principal Secretary P P Tiwari, while expressing complete agreement with Khushiram’s opinion, wrote that there seemed to be nothing in the report that the matter could be referred to CBI for investigation.

Sriniwas Tiwari now says that the report is nothing but detailed statement of Laxman Tiwari, who had filed a writ petition against him in the High Court following which inquiry was instituted, and whatever he deposed before Justice Dwivedi was treated as evidence.

He contended that the High Court while disposing of Laxman Tiwari’s petition never asked the State Government to institute an inquiry against him.

According to Tiwari the court had only said that “We are of the view that the present petition has outlived its purpose and utility, and, therefore, authorities should be left free to take action in the matter complained of by the petitioner, if considered necessary”.

Meanwhile, Tiwari, who seemed to be fighting a lonely battle against the State Government, has now drummed up support of his party leaders. Apart from leader of Opposition Jamuna Devi and State Congress president Subhash Yadav, former chief minister Digvijay Singh, who was also indicted by Justice Dwivedi in his report for working under pressure from Tiwari, said Chouhan’s decision to order a CBI inquiry against Tiwari was ‘biased and political’.

He further said that he had done nothing unlawful under pressure from Tiwari as deduced by Justice Dwivedi.

First Published: Mar 11, 2006 12:50 IST