BHOPAL : Former Chief Minister Digvijay Singh has reacted sharply to the service of a notice from the police on him in connection with probe into the alleged irregularities in appointments in the State Assembly Secretariat.
In a Tweet, Digvijay thanked Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chauhan for sending notice to his place on Anant Chaturdashi, knowing well that he was in America for his daughter’s treatment. Singh wrote that he would not run away and would present himself before the police on his return. “And then the police may do whatever it wants”, he said.
Singh would be returning India on the night of September 30. Sources said Singh would visit Jehangirabad police station on either October 5 or 6.
Besides Police notice, the Economic Offences Wing (EOW) has also served a notice on Singh in connection with RKDF College. Singh and the then Technical Education Minister Raja Pateria are alleged to have reduced the penalty on the college from Rs 25 lakh to Rs 5 lakh. The EOW, on the basis of a complaint, has registered an FIR and started investigations.
EOW has also issued notice to Singh to record his statement on the complaint. Singh wants to appear before both the agencies on the same day.
Whether Singh would be arrested, still unclear
Whether Digvijay Singh would be arrested when he presents himself before the police or would be allowed to go after recording his statement? This is not yet clear and the Special Investigation Team formed to probe into the Vidhan Sabha appointments irregularities is seeking guidance from top government officials on the issue. A charge-sheet has already been filed in the case and police officials say that Singh would be arrested sooner or later. Singh too has clearly told Congress leaders that he would like to go to jail rather than seek bail. This has created a big problem for the police. Singh’s arrest may lead to Congressmen taking to the streets. The government is learnt to be carefully considering the pros and cons of all available options.
Punish cops who reached Diggi house: Cong
The Madhya Pradesh Congress Committee has demanded action against police personnel who had reached the residence of former Chief Minister Digvijay Singh to serves summon to him to appear before the police. State Congress chief spokesperson KK Mishra, in a letter to DGP Surendra Sinh demanded to take action on policemen who had reached the residence of former Chief Minister Digvijay Singh for servicing summon in connection with alleged irregularities in recruitment in state Assembly. Mishra alleged that the said policemen, at the behest of some senior police officers, reached Singh’s residence as part of a planned conspiracy to malign former’s image. Mishra claimed that the policemen, who were accompanied with some media persons, misbehaved with a washer man present there and also made a copy of summon viral on social media.
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