Congress leader Digvijaya Singh released on Thursday a set of mobile phone numbers and text messages as "evidence" of the alleged involvement of Madhya Pradesh chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan's family in the examination and recruitment scam.
Singh posted the purported evidence on his website, barely a few hours after one of Chouhan's ministers launched a fierce defense of the chief minister saying he had no role in the Madhya Pradesh Professional Examination Board.
In his web post, the Congress leader named one Dr Rakesh Pandey as sending an SMS from 94246***** to chief minister's wife Sadhna Singh's mobile (94256*****) on May 9, 2012, giving roll numbers of his sister Sandhya and sister-in-law Premlata, who appeared in the eligibility test for contract teachers.
HT, however, could not independently verify the authenticity of the phone numbers or the text messages.
The new "evidence" by Congress comes in the middle of an intense drama over governor Ram Naresh Yadav who has refused to step down despite a FIR against him in the scam.
Yadav left for Delhi on Thursday evening on a state-owned aircraft, Raj Bhavan officials said.
Congress has stepped up pressure on Chouhan in recent days, earlier producing an excel-sheet found on a PEB official which allegedly carried evidence of the word 'CM' being removed from multiple entries.
The senior Congress leader also alleged that Sadhna Singh forwarded the message to mining baron Sudhir Sharma (94259******), among the over 1,800 people behind the bars for their alleged involvement in the racket.
Later in the evening, Chouhan sent out a Tweet without mentioning Singh's fresh allegation.
"Disappointment awaits those who are making allegations against me. Misleading and fabricated stories can't be sold as an evidence for long," the Tweet said.