Madhya Pradesh CM Shivraj Singh involved in 2013 education scam: Cong
BHOPAL: Congress on Monday claimed that Madhya Pradesh
chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan was involved in the 2013 education scam in
Addressing a press conference in Bhopal, Congress
leaders alleged that “Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan’s name was removed
from an excel sheet related to the MPPEB scam.”
Accompanied by Congress leaders Kamal Nath and
Jyotiraditya Scindia and senior Supreme Court advocate KTS Tulsi, former chief
minister Digvijay Singh told reporters that he has filed a statement under oath
before the high court appointed special investigation team (SIT) that words ‘CM’
occurred at 48 places.
This was changed to just ‘minister’ at 21 places, then
‘Uma Bharati’ at 18 places and ‘Ms’ at one place. In 18 places, it has been
altered to be left blank, Congress leaders alleged.
Rejecting their accusations, Madhya Pradesh health and
family welfare minister and government spokesperson Narottam Mishra said the
allegations were “baseless and without any substance”.
“The allegations levelled by them are imaginary,
baseless and without any substance. We have full faith in the SIT, STF, high
court and the Supreme Court. If necessary, we will probe these charges,” Mishra
The Congress leaders said the changes were made to
protect in the original excel sheet to shield Chouhan and his family and
demanded his resignation.
After submitting the documents in support of their
charge to special investigative team (SIT) which is overseeing the special task
force (STF) probe into the Madhya Pradesh Professional Examination Board
(MPPEB) scam in the recruitment examination for various government posts, the
Congress leaders alleged that original excel sheet was tampered with.
State Congress leader Suresh Pachouri, PCC President,
Arun Yadav and leader of opposition in the state assembly, Satyadev Katare also
joined the joint press conference and demanded a CBI probe into the scam and
sought Chouhan’s resignation.
Digivijay Singh said “I have under oath submitted an
original excel sheet retrieved from the deleted data, consisting 131 serial
‘CM’ appeared in 48 places. The investigating agencies
have manipulated and replaced CM with Minister at 21 places, Ms at one place
and Umabhartiji at seven places. Further at 18 places, CM has altogether been
removed leaving a blank.
“Besides, minister 2, minister 3 and minister 4
mentioned at 17 places as sponsor/recommender in original excel sheet but all
of them changed/replaces with ‘minister,’ he alleged.
To support their allegations, Congress leaders were
also accompanied by senior Supreme Court lawyers, KTS Tulsi and Vivek Tankha to
show that they were levelling the allegations with all the seriousness after
taking legal opinion.
Tulsi compared the alleged tampering of evidences with
the famous Watergate case. “In the eye of the court, tampering with court
evidences is more serious crime than murder and dacoity and I am confident that
the chief minister will get punishment in it,” Tulsi said.
Popularly known as the VYAPAM scam, the MPPEB scam was
a medical admission and recruitment scam of 2013. The special task force of
Madhya Pradesh police under the supervision of the high court is conducting the
investigations. (Inputs taken from PTI)