The Congress condemned on Friday arrests of two former officials of the Madhya Pradesh assembly secretariat for their alleged involvement in fake appointments during 1993-03.
The party said arrests of former secretary Satyanarayan Sharma and former deputy secretary Kamlakant Sharma were vindictive and made at the behest of the state government.
In an official statement, the Congress said it was a case in which 17 other persons, including party’s national general secretary Digvijaya Singh and former assembly speaker Sriniwas Tiwari, had been booked recently and the Bharatiya Janata Party government took "vengeful" steps as it was facing the heat of the professional examination board scam.
The case against the former secretariat officials was lodged at the Jehangirabad police station on February 28 after the Congress had intensified attack on the government over the exam scam.
According to the complaint, despite being ineligible, Satyanarayan and Kamlakant were appointed as clerks in the secretariat and were later promoted to the posts of secretary and deputy secretary.
On March 2, the Congress had also raised the issue of irregularities in recruitments in the assembly during the BJP regime. Although an FIR was not registered, investigation into the matter had begun.
The Congress said the arrests during the BJP’s state executive meet were part of the move to protect the image of chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan who's facing the PEB controversy.
"If the BJP is really sincere, then it should tell what action was taken on the complaint made by Congress to the Bhopal police about the irregularities pertaining to appointments in the assembly secretariat from 2004 till today," said Congress chief spokesperson KK Mishra.
"The complaints include names of BJP’s Union ministers, senior leaders, MPs and assembly secretariat's principal secretary," Mishra alleged.
The Congress further said if no action was taken on their complaint of irregularities, it will approach the court.
Ex-employees of secretariat sent to police custody
Former secretary of assembly secretariat, Satyanarayan Sharma, and deputy secretary Kamlakant Sharma, who were arrested in connection with the alleged fake appointments between 1993 and 2003, were produced in the court on Friday and remanded to police custody till April 15.
The police said they would also look into merits and demerits of appointments made by them in the secretariat or those made at the behest of someone else’s recommendations during the period.
Saleem Khan, Jehangirabad superintendent of police, said, "We have to verify a lot of documentary evidence. The preliminary investigation suggests that these two were fraudulently appointed and later promoted. We also have to find out that what they did during their posting at the secretariat."