On a day when Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan filed a defamation case against Congress spokesperson K K Mishra for alleging that candidates from his wife’s native place in Maharashtra were recruited in the state, the Congress levelled another allegation about his niece’s illegal appointment as the Deputy Collector.
Leader of Opposition Satyadev Katare Tuesday alleged Chouhan’s niece Ritu was appointed by the Madhya Pradesh State Services Commission (MPPSC) disregarding reservation quota. He claimed the government had changed rules to dispose of answersheets to destroy evidence of irregularities.
Katare said before Ritu’s appointment MPPSC was required to keep answersheets for two years and alleged that the General Administration Department, a portfolio Chouhan has kept since he became CM, first reduced the period to six months and then to three. He said the CM admitted in Assembly that rules about destroying records had been changed.
Cabinet Minister Narottam Mishra, however, refuted the allegation saying Ritu’s appointment was in order. He said all records were intact but admitted that answersheets had been destroyed because the volumes run in lakhs.
Meanwhile, DGP Nandan Dubey denied reports that records related to the recruitment of transport constables had gone missing.