In a setback for Congress's Digvijay Singh, the Madhya Pradesh high court on Friday gave the green signal to the special investigation team monitoring the MP professional examination board scam probe to initiate legal action against 'Mr X' and 'others' for alleged submission of misleading and doctored documents.
On the basis of these documents, Singh had alleged that MP chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan was involved in the MPPEB or the Vyapam scam. Singh had also deposed before the SIT on the basis of these documents on Thursday. Singh had submitted copy of the same documents before the SIT in an affidavit.
On Friday, it turned out that Prashant Pandey, an Indore-based digital forensic engineer, was `Mr X'. Pandey had filed a petition in the Delhi high court related to the MPPEB scam, and had sent relevant documents to the SIT following the HC's directive, using the pseudonym of `Mr X'. Following investigation, the SIT concluded that the documents submitted by `Mr X' were fake. Pandey admitted to TOI he had filed the petition using the pseudonym of `Mr X'.
Issuing the order on Friday, Chief Justice A M Khanwilkar and Justice Alok Aradhe accepted an interim report submitted by SIT stating that documents submitted by the person referred to as `Mr X' were manipulated to mislead MPPEB scam investigations. Justice (retired) Chandresh Bushan-led SIT had submitted a seven-point report before the court to substantiate its claims. The HC directed the SIT to use its technical experts to trace the origin of "tampered" documents and initiate necessary action against those involved. "SIT is free to take any legal action against Mr X and others involved," court ruled while posting next hearing of the case on April 27.
Delhi Police on Friday lashed out at the magisterial inquiry started by the state government saying the latter was showing undue interest in the case. Senior officers asked why the government was not showing any concern in the 7,000 cases of suicide and unnatural deaths reported in the last one year.
Senior cops TOI spoke to pointed out that no probe was ordered into unnatural deaths. Delhi Police spokesperson Rajan Bhagat said, "We don't want to discuss correspondence or letters (exchanged between the district magistrate and Delhi Police). We have powers under CrPC and Delhi Police Act to probe the case. Over 7,000 unnatural deaths were reported and around 2,000 unidentified bodies were found in the city and cremated by Delhi Police."
Police commissioner BS Bassi said, "Whatever is relevant will be done. Delhi Police is not fighting with anyone. Our probe is open-ended but can't share details as of now. We are ready to work with anyone. If the DM office wants to file a complaint against us, it is up to them." He added that the role of cops into the incident was also being investigated.
The police did not adhere to the 11am deadline given by the district magistrate, but instead shot off a letter saying that they will report to the judicial magistrate. "A criminal case has been registered and you have no jurisdiction or power to investigate this," the letter sent on Friday morning reads.
"Inquest is done by the magistrate as per law in cases of dowry death. But in other cases if police file an FIR then inquest becomes part of their investigation, which has happened in this case. Sunanda Pushkar case is another such example," said a senior police official.
Meanwhile, the crime branch team camping in Gajendra's village, Dausa, has collected his handwriting sample. It will be sent for forensic analysis and matched with the handwriting in the suicide note. His family claimed that the handwriting was not his.
The conspirators of the unfortunate tragedy at unauthorized AAP rally at JANTAR MANTAR must be severely punished so that no other greedy politician attempts to even think of hatching such.
This day must be observed as black day that costed the life of an innocent man !! #shameonkejriwal
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