Anand Rai Approaches SC Against MP HC Order

Story Highlights
  • Rai in his plea had claimed that he is the whistleblower for Vyapam and AIIMS scam cases.
  • The CJI has agreed to hear the matter on Monday.
  • The court revoked its order that no coercive action should be taken against Dr Rai.

Bhopal: Vyapam scam whistleblower Anand Rai’s lawyer on Friday approached Supreme Court and mentioned his plea seeking an early hearing of his petition against the Madhya Pradesh High Court order, which dismissed his plea for quashing the FIR and vacated interim relief granted to him. A bench headed by Chief Justice NV Ramana agreed to hear it on Monday (April 11th).

Senior Advocate Vivek Tankha, appearing for Rai, told the Supreme Court that “The whistleblower has been arrested even though the principal accused is on bail”. He also told the Court the Madhya Pradesh police had issued notice to him to appear and join the investigation today but he was arrested last night from Delhi, days after he moved a plea in the top Court.

Anand Rai had filed a special leave petition against the Madhya Pradesh High Court order dated April 4th, 2022, whereby the High Court has dismissed the petition preferred by the petitioner Rai for quashing of the FIR dated March 27th, 2022, and has vacated the interim Order dated April 1st, 2022, granted by the High Court. On April 1st, MP High Court has granted interim protection from arrest to Rai.

“The present case highlights the instances where a mighty and vindictive state may leave no stone unturned in order to harass a citizen and abuse the process of law to convert a possible individual case of defamation into an FIR,” the petitioner said adding that he was Whistleblower of the infamous Vyapam scam arising out of the State of Madhya Pradesh and therefore the State has had an axe to grind against him.

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