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Cops, RSS offer different reasons to give ‘clean chit’ to Sudershan, Soni

Written by Milind Ghatwai | Bhopal | Posted: June 29, 2014 1:31 am

The RSS in Nagpur and the police headquarters in Bhopal Saturday tried to give a clean chit to the late RSS chief K Sudershan and joint general secretary Suresh Soni in the examination and recruitment scam in Madhya Pradesh. The scam has become a major source of embarrassment for the Shivraj Singh Chouhan government.

However, the reasons offered were starkly different.

While Soni talked of a conspiracy wondering how a document available six months ago suddenly came in circulation to implicate Sudershan and him, the MP Police denied the very existence of such a document.

“Available documents and data in the hard disk recovered from the Madhya Pradesh Professional Examination Board (MPPEB) provide no information about the two RSS leaders having made any recommendations,’’ the state police claimed in a statement.

The police said Sudershan was unwell for a long time and died in Raipur on September 15, 2012, while the exam (cleared by Sudershan’s aide Mihir Kumar Chaudhary) was held on October 7 and the result declared on October 18, 2012.

Quoting a court document, the Congress in February this year alleged Chaudhary illegally cleared a recruitment test conducted by MPPEB and got a job in the Weights and Measure department. The allegation followed the 25-year-old’s arrest in December 2013.

Hailing from Bihar, Chaudhary graduated in 2011 and was barely drawing Rs 5,000 a month before the government job in MP took his initial salary to Rs 16,000. In a telephonic interaction with The Sunday Express, Chaudhary had claimed he had correctly solved 150 questions and left the OMR sheet blank only five-six questions.

The STF had arrested him on the charge that most answers on his OMR sheet were filled in the MPPEB headquarters. Chaudhary did odd jobs like dropping RSS functionaries or fetching things when Sudershan lived in ‘Samidha’, a well-protected RSS office in Bhopal after his retirement. He said he was proud of his association with the Sangh because his father and grandfather were also activists.

The old document, purportedly submitted in the court as Chaudhary’s statement last year suddenly came in circulation a couple of days ago. While insisting that he and Sudershan were innocent, Soni acknowledged that Chaudhary was an RSS volunteer but alleged that there was “some design’’ (behind the release of document) without elaborating.

Soni said Chaudhary has denied making such statement, and talked of a conspiracy in the allegations suddenly making their appearance on national television and other media.

“Let the law take its own course,’’ the RSS leader said after breaking his silence for the first time though the Congress had dragged his name several times.

The MP Police refuted the allegations calling them untrue. The Police PRO’s office also denied that any phone calls were made from the CM House to the accused.

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