On a day when the Special Task Force (STF) quizzed veteran Congress leader Digvijaya Singh on the ‘evidences’ available with him to implicate chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan in the Professional Examination Board (PEB) scam and his source of information, the ex-chief minister still appeared sceptic about the outcome of the whole exercise.
Addressing the media before he was questioned by the STF, Singh said, “Officials, who are rated by the CM in their annual confidential report (CR) can’t be expected to conduct a fair probe into a scam where the CM is also a suspect. Therefore, I had been insisting for a CBI probe.”
He further said the STF had sought audience with him. He also let the STF officials know that he would be in Bhopal on Thursday and they could have a meeting with him then.
Singh, however, maintained that he has already replied to STF’s questions in writing.
Singh alleged that STF was trying to shield the CM and persons close to him allegedly involved in the scam while candidates, who were lured by the racketeers into paying money to pass the admission and recruitment tests, were being put behind the bars.
He alleged that more than 10,000 persons were given admission into prestigious courses and recruited in different jobs through manipulation of process in PEB scam.
Singh stresses that such a huge racket operating for years with impunity could not have been possible without the ‘blessings’ of the CM.
"How is it possible that his ministers, bureaucrats, police officials, PEB officials, persons close to CM and the BJP like Sudhir Sharma were operating the racket without the knowledge of the chief minister?”, he asked.
Meanwhile, expressing deep regret over suicide of a farmer at Jantar Mantar during AAP rally, Singh said the insensitivity shown by the AAP leaders and volunteers during the entire episode was condemnable.
He further said that the BJP was a party of ‘businessmen’, who were devising ways to ‘rob’ the farmers of their land.
CM’s family members are amassing acres of land, he said, adding that five of his family members have purchased land in Kuravar town of Rajgarh district and the CM has no papers to prove it.