Bhopal: Raja Pateriya quizzed by ED
Congress leader and former minister Raja Pateriya appeared before the economic offences wing (EOW) of police in Bhopal for quizzing in connection with a corruption case registered against him and former chief minister Digvjjaya Singh.bhopal Updated: Oct 28, 2015 22:38 IST
Congress leader and former minister Raja Pateriya appeared before the economic offences wing (EOW) of police in Bhopal for quizzing in connection with a corruption case registered against him and former chief minister Digvjjaya Singh for showing undue favour towards private engineering colleges, who were fined Rs 25 lakh in 2001-2 by the directorate of technical education, for giving admissions flouting rules.
On the rcommendation of Raja Pateriya, who was manpower planning minister then, chief minister Digvjjaya Singh had reduced the amount of fine from Rs 25 lakh to Rs five lakh. EOW took up the case for investigation when Digvjjaya Singh picked up the cudgels against chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan in the Vyapam scam.
According to sources, Raja Pateriya in his statement during interrogation said that private engineering colleges were at a nascent stage at that time and his government was pursuing the policy to promote more private colleges in the field of technical education. Director technical education imposed the fine of Rs 25 lakh for allegedly flouting rules during admission.
Since he didn’t approve of the action, he forwarded the case to CM’s coordination committe for appropriate advice. Singh endorsed his view that the fine should be reduced to Rs five lakh and an order was duly passed by him to that effect.
Pateriya said that if the charges were so grave, director, technical education, should have cancelled the faulty admissions rarther than imposing hefty fine. He said it was well within his right to reduce the penalty and the order was passed following due procedure.
EOW has also summoned Digvjjaya Singh for questioning on the issue on October 30. Singh had asked for extending the date to sme day after Deepawali but the request was turned down. It’s not clear whether Singh will appear before EOW officials on October 30.