PEB scam rocks Madhya Pradesh assembly

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Bhopal
  • Updated: Feb 24, 2015 17:32 IST

The Madhya Pradesh assembly was adjourned for 15 minutes after Congress MLAs trooped into the well of the House.

They shouted slogans and demanded the CM's statement on the allegations related to the deletion of entries bearing the word 'CM' in the excel sheet recovered from the hard disk confiscated by the special task force (STF), probing the huge admission and recruitment scam.

During zero hour, leader of opposition Satyadev Katare and Congress MLA Ramniwas Rawat along with other Congress MLAs demanded CM’s statement on the scam.

At this Speaker, Sitasharan Sharma said the issue cannot be raised without giving proper notice. Congress MLAs continued with their demand and trooped into the well of the House, shouting slogans.

Speaker Sitasharan Sharma asked the Congress MLAs to return to their places but they stuck to their guns. In the meantime, Speaker asked Congress' Mahendra Singh Kalukheda to read his call attention motion notice.

Agriculture minister Gauri Shankar Bisen was replying to the motion amidst the din when Speaker Sitasharan Sharma adjourned the House for 15 minutes.

The House reconvened after 15 minutes and a discussion on the call attention motion was resumed. On some earlier occasions, too, Professional Examination Board (PEB) scam rocked the House when the opposition Congress demanded a CBI probe into it.

In fact, the scam hogged the limelight at the national level on February 16 when Congress leaders including its general secretary Digvijaya Singh, former union ministers Kamal Nath and Jyotiraditya Scindia held a press conference in Bhopal and alleged that the entry 'CM' found in the confiscated hard disk of key accused of professional examination board recruitment scam, Nitin Mohindra was replaced with the words Uma Bharti and minister numerous times.

The Congress leaders alleged that the special task force (STF) of the state police had done the alterations to protect the chief minister.

They said the entry 'CM' was replaced at some places and at others it was completely deleted.

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