On the last working day of Madhya Pradesh Governor Ramnaresh Yadav, a young NCP leader set himself on fire demanding the former's arrest in the Vyapam scam case.
The ailing leader was leaving Rajbhawan in Bhopal to airport in an ambulance to fly back to his native place in Lucknow when NCP leader Manoj Tripathi poured kerosene and immolated himself. However, he was rescued by vigilant police who quickly tore off his clothes and doused the flames with extinguisher. Tripathi was partially burnt.
Yadav is an accused in the massive admission and recruitment scam. His OSD Dhanraj Yadav was sent to jail in the same case while his son Shailesh Yadav committed suicide when police summoned him for interrogation.
Yadav was, however, spared from being arrested by the high court as he was holding a constitutional post. It was anticipated that the CBI, which is currently investigating the case under the instructions of Supreme Court, would arrest Yadav, the day he demits office.
Congress state president Arun Yadav has also demanded the arrest of the Governor.
After one year of the vyapam case probe, CBI has made no headway in the case while most of the accused has got bail. Former BJP minister Laxmikant Sharma is also an accused in the case.
Congress has alleged that Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan and his wife are involved in the recruitment scam which has cheated millions of unemployed youth in the state.
The tenure of Yadav ended on Wednesday, while Gujarat Governor O.P. Kohli arrived to take charge as MP Governor.