A day after Chhattisgarh Education Minister Kedar Kashyap’s wife, Shanti Kashyap, allegedly got someone else to sit for a university exam on her behalf, it turns out that the impersonator was reportedly her sister, Kiran Mourya.
Shanti was scheduled to sit for her MA (English) final exam at a government school in Lohandiguda block of Bastar district on Tuesday. The exam was being conducted by Sundar Lal Sharma Open University of Bilaspur, which has set up a committee to probe the case.
As photographs of the impersonator surfaced on Wednesday, Chitrakot MLA Deepak Baij told The Indian Express: “I am hundred-and-one per cent sure that she is Kiran Mourya, sister-in-law of Kedar Kashyap. I know them well. I challenge them to refute me.”
Interestingly, Shanti’s mother, Sukri Mourya, was also scheduled to sit for her MA (Hindi) exam at the same centre on Tuesday. While Shanti’s roll no was 66863, Sukri’s was 67657. It could not be confirmed whether Sukri appeared for the exam or not.
Sundar Lal Sharma Open University Vice-Chancellor Bansgopal Singh confirmed that they had received photographs of the impersonator and a report from the exam superintendent.
“Our superintendent has said that someone appeared on her (Shanti) behalf and left midway. We are examining the offence. We have sent our team to the spot. Since it is in a remote area, they are likely to reach by tonight,” he said. “We have received the photographs of a woman writing the exam. We are verifying who she is,” he said.
The exam centre superviser, Hem Rao, had confirmed on Tuesday that the woman who sat for the exam was not Shanti. “I don’t know who wrote the exam. Shanti (Kashyap) was scheduled to write the exam. Someone else appeared for her,” he said.
“If the wife of the education minister is using such means for her exam, the minister and the government have no right to rule. This could not have been possible without the involvement of top persons in the government. Kashyap and Raman Singh should immediately resign,” said PCC chief Bhupesh Baghel.
Kashyap could not be contacted despite several attempts. “I do not know anything about this,” he told a TV channel.
Ruling out Kashyap’s resignation, Raman Singh said: “He did not personally go to write the exam.”
Leader of Opposition T S Sinhadev today sent a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, BJP chief Amit Shah and Chief Minister Raman Singh, demanding Kashyap’s immediate resignation. The Congress also held protests in different parts of the state.
“The CM is setting a very bad precedent. The wife of the education minister is found to be involved in such a case, but the government has no concern for morals,” said Sinhadev.