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Governor piqued at ABVP rowdyism

Posted on: February 28, 2013

Madhya Pradesh governor Ram Naresh Yadav, who has kept State Congress leaders in perpetual despondency by his bonhomie with chief minister Shivraj Singh Chauhan, has sprung a surprise by directing him to keep a check on the anarchic Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) activists. They are indulging in unlawful activities and polluting the academic atmosphere in the State, the Governor’s stern letter to the CM says.

The immediate provocation for the Governor’s ire was the recent incidents of rowdyism by the ABVP activists on the Bhoj University campus. The Governor has created a real problem for Chauhan who is terribly afraid of the ABVP activists.

Chauhan had virtually lost his sleep when six hard-core ABVP activists were arrested for the murder of Ujjain Professor H S Sabharwal. The chief minister had a 20-minute one-to-one talk with Vimal Tomar, one of the six accused then in police custody. Chauhan had then allowed the police and forensic investigations subverted to ensure acquittal of the ABVP leaders.

As the witnesses (even the policemen who were eye-witnesses) started turning hostile, the murdered Professor’s son Himanshu knocked on the doors of the Supreme Court. A division bench comprising Arijit Payasat and D K Jain stayed the proceedings in the Ujjain court and asked the BJP government of the State, through its counsel: “What action have you taken against those police officers who resiled from their earlier statements? Would not the trial be a mockery if your police officers turned hostile? Our anxiety is that every police officer will be given a clean chit. We have seen what has happened in the Best Bakery case.”

If Chauhan did not care for the Supreme Court, will he care for the Governor’s direction, one wonders.

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