BHOPAL: The Madhya Pradesh High Court on Monday disposed of a letter petition filed by Congress general secretary Digvijay Singh seeking a CBI probe into the Madhya Pradesh Professional Examination Board (MPPEB) scam and directed him to file a ‘proper petition’.
A Division Bench comprising Chief Justice Ajay Manikrao Khanwilkar and Justice Alok Aradhe rejected Digvijay’s plea on the ground that it was not submitted as per the due process of law. The Bench also told Digvijay that “courts were not arenas for political wrestling”.
According to advocate Arpit Tiwari, who assisted senior lawyer Rajendra Tiwari who was appearing for Digvijay, the court said a letter can be treated as a petition if the petitioner was poor and not in a condition to engage a lawyer, which is not the case here.
“The court has asked us to convert the letter and file it as a proper legal petition. The petition is likely to be submitted for admission next week”, Arpit said.
“Demanding something from the court by writing letter will set a wrong precedent as courts have their own procedures,” the court said.
Last week, the High Court had admitted a letter petition written by Digvijay in which besides demanding a CBI probe into the MPPEB scam, he had raised the issue of “conflict of interest” by pointing out that Additional Advocate General Pushpendra Kaurav, who is defending the MPPEB in the matter, was also a lawyer for former ABVP leader V D Sharma.
Digvijay had requested the court to treat his letter as a petition. The Congress leader, who is observing a seven-day hunger strike in front of the district collectorate office in Guna district over the problems faced by the farmers in the state, said that he would file a formal petition in the court.