New Delhi: Amid call for a high-level independent probe into the Madhya Pradesh Professional Examination Board (MPPEB) scam, also known as the Vyapam scam, the Supreme Court on Monday agreed to hear a PIL seeking the removal of state's Governor Ram Naresh Yadav to ensure fair inquiry.
The MP Governor is under scanner in view of the serious allegations levelled against him in connection with the multi-crore ccam.
According to reports, the matter is scheduled to be heard on July 9. The PIL, which was filed by Dr Sanjay Shukla and four other advocates of the Madhya Pradesh High Court, contented that the immunity of the Governor from criminal proceedings under Article 361 cannot be said to be absolute in terms of protection where cognizable offences are made out.
The petitioners, in their writ petition, pointed out that no protection shall be granted to any person, be it the Governor of a state, who has committed an act which leads to criminal conduct, and it is necessary that such act comes to light, for which investigation is necessary.
They said while protection is given to the Governor during term of the office for official duties, no such protection could be given to a tainted person involved in a scam.
Listing the enormous functions of the Governor - appointment of district judges, promotion and their transfer; consultation by the President in the appointment, posting and transfer of the judges of the high court and appointment of vice-chancellors of various universities – they said the larger issue being raised by them in the present writ petition is whether a tainted Governor can be allowed to continue discharging constitutional duties?
Importantly, MP Special Task Force had also lodged an FIR against the Governor in connection with the Vyapam scam.
The SIT had found Governor's son Shailesh guilty and an FIR was also registered against him. The agency had also found Governor prima facie guilty and sought permission from the high court to proceed against him.
The High Court later gave its permission to SIT to initiate probe against Ram Naresh Yadav and his son .
Ram Naresh Yadav came on the radar of investigating agencies following his son, Shailesh's alleged involvement in the scam.
Shailesh had accepted money to get his 10 candidates selected in the eligibility test conducted for appointment to contract teachers' grade III whose examination was conducted by Vyapam.
Shailesh later died under mysterious circumstances. Yadav's son, Shailesh, is among the 46 people linked to the scam who have died over the last three years, triggering allegations of a murky inquiry by the Opposition.
The Congress party has called for a SC-monitored CBI probe into the Vyapam scam.
Under attack from several quarters, Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan today said that every death should not be linked to the Vyapam scam.
The MP CM was referring to the mysterious death of a trainee Sub Inspector Anamika Kushwaha, who was recruited through the MPPEB examination.