The Congress Saturday fired another salvo at Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan alleging that his relatives were in touch with the accused in the Madhya Pradesh Professional Examination Board scam.
The Opposition party also released documents to back its allegation that Union minister Uma Bharti had recommended more than 10 candidates who illegally cleared the examination for contractual teachers’ posts.
Reiterating its demand for a CBI inquiry into the scam, the Congress said the ongoing probe by the Special Task Force (STF) did not invoke confidence because it was using different yardsticks for different individuals charged with similar offences.
Congress spokesman K K Mishra said while former minister Laxmikant Sharma was arrested 189 days after he was named in an FIR, RSS member Ajay Shankar Mehta was sent to jail without being taken on police remand, and the CM’s former private secretary Prem Prasad was not even arrested. Students and parents, on the other hand, were being quickly arrested, he added.
Parliamentary Affairs Minister and government spokesman Narottam Mishra, meanwhile, accused the Congress of levelling baseless allegations, and threatened to file a defamation case if the Congress did not submit proof or withdraw the allegations.
The Congress spokesman also alleged that as many as 19 persons from Chouhan’s wife Sadhna Singh’s native place Gondia (in Maharashtra) were recruited as transport constables in 2012.
Bharti’s aide Narendra Birthare said the minister had already refuted the allegations in the past and she did not have any comment to make. Chouhan said the probe would establish who was guilty and who was not. BJP president Rajnath Singh backed Chouhan.