Congress has been in overdrive to defame Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan in the Vyapam scandal, but they’ve been unsuccessful. Now, the session’s court judge has dealt a huge blow to Congress.
In a major development, Madhya Pradesh Congress spokesperson KK Mishra was sentenced to two years of jail-time for defaming Shivraj Singh. Three years ago, Mishra had alleged that Shivraj and his wife Sadhna Singh played a role in the illegal recruitment of constables in the state’s transport department. A fine of Rs 25,000 was slapped on Mishra as compensation to Shivraj Singh. Mishra’s advocate Ajay Gupta said he would challenge the order in the high court.
In a press conference, Mishra had alleged that 19 candidates from Gondia in Maharashtra, where Sadhna Singh hails from, were illegally recruited as constables in the Madhya Pradesh transport department following tests held by the state’s Professional Examination Board (PEB).
Following this, the Shivraj Singh government filed a defamation case against Mishra in June 2014 for ‘making defamatory and false statements against the Chief Minister with an intent to tarnish his image’ under sections 499 and 500 of the IPC.
Government Pleader Anand Tiwari, who had filed the case, had said that Mishra’s ‘unsubstantiated allegations had lowered the dignity of the Chief Minister who holds a constitutional post’. Shivraj Singh had himself arrived in court to twice record his statements. However, Mishra’s advocate argued that the statements were not defamatory because his client did not make any direct allegations.
After the decision of the session’s court judge, Shivraj Singh said the judgment was a ‘victory of truth’. Post the judgment, Mishra said: “This must be the only verdict that punishes someone for exposing corruption and not those indulging in corruption.”
In the latest development in a case linked to Vyapam, the CBI held on October 31 that there was no truth in the allegation by senior Congress leader Digvijaya Singh that a hard disk seized from Vyapam official Nitin Mahindra, the main accused, was tampered with to remove Chouhan’s name.
Congress is playing these dirty games of defaming top BJP leaders as it has no other basis to counter the BJP. It jumped into action when The Wire falsely and ridiculously accused Amit Shah’s son of corruption, and the latest of Congress’ false accusations involves targeting Gujarat CM Vijay Rupani.