Bahujan Samajwadi Party MLAs, led by Sheila Tyagi, staged a walkout from the Madhya Pradesh assembly accusing the state government of going out of its way to shield a higher education department official, who was facing corruption charges and was out on anticipatory bail.
Raising a question on the floor of the House, Tyagi sought to know whether the incumbent additional director (higher education) Dr Usha Awasthi, earlier posted as principal of the Model Science College, Rewa, had cases registered against her under IPC sections 420, 188 and 180 and facing corruption charges pressed by the economic offences wing (EOW).
The MLA also enquired that when the state government was aware of the seriousness of charges against Awasthi, why the government had given the charge of additional director, higher education, Rewa.
Replying to the question, higher education minister, Uma Shankar Gupta, said since the details of the complaint against the officer in question were filed to the government by the previous additional director, (higher education), Rewa, there was no question of her influencing the inquiry.
He added that after the inquiry report is looked into, suitable action would be taken by the government.
Tyagi, however, maintained that Awasthi had secured anticipatory bail and her posting at a sensitive position made a mockery of governance.
She demanded that the officer be removed from her post which the minister refused. Consequently, BSP MLAs, led by Tyagi, staged a walkout.