Madhya Pradesh chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan had hastily ordered the appointment of Malay Rai, the then chief of the tainted Professional Examination Board (PEB), as a state finance commission member over phone from South Africa even though the latter was at the centre of the raging Vyapam scandal, an RTI query has revealed.
According to RTI papers obtained by Vyapam scam whistleblower Ajay Dubey, the chief minister had ordered Rai's nomination over phone while he was in South Africa to invite businessmen and industrialists for a summit in his state. Rai's appointment papers were signed by Chouhan on his return. The papers are in HT's possession.
Rai was chairman of the MP professional examination board, or Vyapam, in 2009-10, and the order (dated June 6, 2014) was issued even as the Vyapam scam was being investigated.
Talking to HT, Dubey said it was curious that chief minister had to make Rai's appointment in finance commission over phone.
"What was the hurry? Who was pressuring the chief minister? Since it happened at the same time when former minister Laxmikant Sharma was arrested, such questions are natural," he said.
Dubey added that Rai was never given a clean chit in the PEB scam.
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