The Congress fired another salvo at the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in Madhya Pradesh on Wednesday as its leaders appeared before the high court-appointed Special Investigation Team (SIT).
The Congress submitted documents in support of their claim that two Union ministers, four to five state cabinet ministers and over 10 IAS offices were involved in the MP Professional Examination Board scam.
State Congress president Arun Yadav accompanied by other party leaders submitted a complaint along with some documents to SIT chief justice Chandresh Bhushan.
"I have submitted solid evidences against two Union ministers and some state cabinet ministers. The documents prove the involvement of these ministers of the ruling BJP," said Yadav.
Sources said the Congress submitted copy of an excel sheet, text messages (SMSs) exchanged between MPPEB officials and politicians with other documents.
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Sources in the SIT said one of the text messages submitted by the Congress read: "There is a cocktail party at Nitin Mahindra's (one of the accused in the scam) house, come on time”.
The complaints points towards the involvement of Union water resource minister Uma Bharti and mines and steel minister Narendra Singh Tomar, former state ministers Anoop Mishra and Jagdish Dewda and some other state ministers, sources further added.
SIT chief Justice Chandresh Bhushan said the documents submitted by the Congress leaders would be verified before taking any further action. “They have provided some text messages but we will have to ascertain the veracity of the text messages exchanged,” said Justice Bhushan.
BJP state spokesperson Vishwas Sarang, when asked to react to the fresh allegation, said, "Congress is indulging in false propaganda to take political mileage from the scam. The probe into PEB scam is being carried out under the supervision of the high court and truth would come out eventually."
SIT to ask Task Force about accused Kirar
When SIT chief Justice Chandresh Bhushan was asked why the professional board exam scam accused Gulab Singh Kirar has not been arrested and was attending public events, Bhushan said the Special Task Force would be asked to look into the matter.
"We'll seek information from the STF about the status of investigation in case related to Kirar," Bhushan said.
Kirar was seen sharing dais with the chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan at a function in Bareli town of Raisen district. Hindustan Times had carried a report along with the photograph in its Tuesday's edition.