New Delhi, Dec 5: In an embarrassing development, former Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister and senior Congress leader Digvijay Singh has been booked in a fraud case.
Reportedly, State Economic Offences Wing (EOW) booked Singh along with two others, including one of his cabinet colleagues for favouring a private institute.
Speaking on the issue, a top official said that Singh-- who was Chief Minister of MP from 1993 to 2003 -- along with his Technical Education Minister Raja Pateria have been accused of unlawfully reducing the penalty of RKDF college from Rs 24 lakh to Rs 2.5 lakh.
Apart from the duo, EOW also booked RKDF Chairman Sunil Kapoor on Friday.
According to the complaint of a local journalist Radhavallabh Sharda, both Singh and Pateria in collusion with RKDF College waived off the institute's penalty imposed on it by the concerned department over some 'wrongful' admissions in 2000-01 and 2001-02.
The College had then requested Singh to slash the penalty to Rs 5 lakh but he allegedly reduced it to Rs 2.5 lakh.
The trio have been booked under section 420 (cheating), 467 (using as genuine forged document), 120 (b) (conspiracy) of IPC and relevant sections of Prevention of Corruption Act, the official said, adding further investigations are on.
(With inputs from PTI)