First additional session judge Bhopal Kashinath Singh on Friday sentenced Chief Congress spokesman of the Madhya Pradesh Congress, KK Mishra, to two years of imprisonment. He also received a fine of Rs 25000. The sentence was given in a defamation case filed by MP Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan against Mishra for levelling charges of manipulating the recruitment process of transport constables in favour of residents of Gondia in Maharashtra in a press conference that he held in Bhopal.

Mishra, while claiming to blow the lid from the Vyapam scam had alleged that Chouhan along with his wife had manipulated the recruitment process in favour of people who shared their native place Chouhan’s wife.

During the trial Mishra however was not able to provide evidence for the same.

Mishra during the trial had also approached the High Court seeking transfer of the case from ADJ Kashinath’s court alleging he was favourably disposed towards Chouhan.

After his petition was rejected by the High Court, Mishra approached the Supreme Court with the same plea but the apex court too rejected it.

Speaking to India Today after the judgement Mishra said he respected the court’s verdict but stuck to his allegations. “This is perhaps the first time that someone who has exposed corruption has been punished for doing the same. I will appeal against the judgement in the High Court,” he said.

SOURCE – INDIA TODAY

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