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Police grants more time to Digvijay Singh to appear before it

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Bhopal: The city police granted more time to senior Congress leader Digvijay Singh on Wednesday by asking him to appear before it on October 15 in connection with alleged irregularities in appointments in the Madhya Pradesh assembly secretariat, a day after the former MP CM requested for it.

“We served a fresh notice today to Digvijay Singh at his official residence here,” an aide of Jahangirabad City Superintendent of Police (CSP) Saleem Khan told PTI.

Yesterday, Singh had informed the police that he won’t be able to appear before September 30 in connection with the Madhya Pradesh Assembly appointments case, since he is in the USA for treatment of his daughter.

Singh’s lawyer Ajay Gupta had requested the police to give any date to his client after October 11.

Gupta had told investigating officer Saleem Khan, that his client is in the US due to which it would not be possible for him to appear before the police tomorrow.

On September 27, the police had served Singh notice at his official residence, summoning him on or before September 30 in connection with alleged irregularities in appointments at the MP assembly’s secretariat between 1993 and 2003, when he was the Chief Minister.

In February this year, police registered a case against Singh, former MP Assembly Speaker Sriniwas Tiwari and others on charges of forgery, conspiracy, cheating, misuse of office as well as other offences under the Prevention of Corruption Act after a complaint filed by the MP Assembly Secretariat.

Yesterday, Singh tweeted from the USA that “(Chief Minister) Shivraj (Chouhan) ji you have sent a notice to my residence on the occasion of Anant Chaturdashi despite knowing that I am away in US for the treatment of my daughter. Thank You. Don’t worry, I will not run away and record my statement. Your police can take any action it wants.”

—PTI