Senior Congress leader Digvijaya Singh was named as an accused on Saturday for alleged irregular appointments in the assembly secretariat between 1999 and 2003, police said, bringing back the spotlight to a period when he was MP’s chief minister.
Singh has been made an accused along with former Assembly speaker Sriniwas Tiwari in the case registered on Saturday, said Anshuman Singh, superintendent of police, Bhopal south.
The 17 beneficiaries of the appointments have also been charged, he added.
The case will provide fresh fodder to a politically-surcharged atmosphere in the state, coming barely a few days after Singh produced “evidences” of the involvement of chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan and his wife in the multi-layered examination and recruitment scam.
The Congress was quick to see a design in the case against Singh and said that the BJP government was trying to implicate Opposition leaders out of frustration.
“If the BJP has any other complaint against Congress leaders, even dating back to pre-independence era, they should lodge FIRs against us,” party spokesperson KK Mishra said.
Singh was not immediately available for comments.
Singh has been in the forefront of the Congress’ intensified attacks on the Chouhan government over the scam in the professional examination board which conducts tests for admission to different courses and recruitment to various departments.
Earlier this week, the special task force probing the scam named governor Ramnaresh Yadav for alleged complicity in a forest guard recruitment exam.
The governor’s name is by far the biggest in the scam which saw candidates bribe officials to rig examinations through imposters who wrote test papers and supplied forged answer sheets between 2012 and 2013. More than 1,800 arrests have been made so far.
State of affairs
Digvijaya Singh named as an accused in irregular appointment of 17 persons in assembly secretariat between 1999-2003
Former assembly speaker, 17 beneficiaries also named in police case
Singh has accused chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan and his wife of being involved in the PEB scam
Governor Ramnaresh Yadav has already been booked in PEB scam.