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MP HC orders government to issue ‘reasoned and expressive injunction’ in pension scam case involving BJP leader Vijayvargiya

The Madhya Pradesh High Court has ordered Congress leader KK Mishra, the complainant in a case of an alleged pension scam at Indore Municipal Corporation, to file a new application to obtain the prosecution sanction against then-Mayor Kliash Vijayvargiya and others. A Supreme Court Justice Subodh Abhyankar, passed in his order on Sept. 23, also instructed the Secretary of State to issue a reasoned and expressive injunction in the case within three months.

A special court here had closed the 2005 case of alleged pension scam at the Indore Municipal Corporation (IMC) last month, as the government of parliament had failed to impose sanction to prosecute BJP general secretary Vijayvargiya and others for 17 years . The complainant Mishra, who chairs the media department of the MP Congress, had urged the HC against the delay in granting sanctions. The HC issued its directive on September 23 on a petition filed by Mishra. A copy of the order was made available on Monday.

It has rejected Mishra’s petition about the alleged pension scam with an order to submit a new application/representation within a period of two weeks along with a previous application and other relevant documents for the chief secretary of Madhya Pradesh. The HC also said that the Secretary of State “will make a decision “with all due speed, possibly preferably within a period of three months from the date of receipt of a certified copy of this order, in accordance with the law by means of a reasoned clothed and speaking command”.

During the discussions on Mishra’s petition, the government’s counsel said that a decision on representation regarding the sanction of prosecution will be made soon. The special court in Indore closed the alleged pension scam case against the then mayor (Vijayvargiya) and other officials on August 29, as the state government failed to impose a sanction to prosecute them.

Mishra claimed that when Vijayvargiya was mayor of Indore from 2000 to 2005, the IMC distributed pensions to the needy, widows and the disabled through cooperative institutions rather than national banks and post offices as the rules dictate. Ineligible or deceased persons or even non-existent persons were given a pension, causing the government a loss of Rs 33 crore, the congress leader claimed.

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