In an interim order, a division bench of the MP High Court comprising Chief Justice A M Khanwilkar and Justice Rohit Arya stayed the FIR.
    
"Having considered submissions made by the respective parties, as prima facie, we find force in the submissions canvassed on behalf of the petitioner, until the pronouncement of the final judgment, we grant interim relief of stay of the FIR at Police Station, STF, Bhopal on February 24, 2015," the court directed.
    
"We direct the investigation (prosecuting) agency not to take any coercive action against the petitioner on the basis of the impugned FIR," the order said.
    
"At the same time, we place on record the assurance given by the petitioner through the counsel, that the petitioner and his officials will extend complete cooperation in the matter of investigation of the offence in question," it observed.
    
"However, the investigating agency must observe complete protocol in consonance with the high office of the Governor, being Head of the State while carrying on its investigation against other named accused or persons likely to be named," the court order said.
    
"The date of pronouncement of judgment will be notified in due course," the order added.
    
The FIR against Yadav, which is possibly the first against any Governor of Madhya Pradesh, was filed on February 24 this year by the STF, alleging his complicity in the forest guard recruitment exam conducted by the Madhya Pradesh Professional Examination Board (MPPEB).

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