Vyapam scam whistleblowers urge PM, Bachchan not to participate in World Hindi Conference

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Bhopal
  • Updated: Aug 30, 2015 20:40 IST
Vyapam scam whistleblowers Paras Sakhlecha and Ajay Dubey address a press conference in Bhopal on Sunday. (Mujeeb Faruqui/HT photo)

Whistleblowers in the Vyapam scam, Paras Sakhlecha and Ajay Dubey, on Sunday urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi and actor Amitabh Bachchan not to participate in the World Hindi Conference in Bhopal in wake of the 'dubious' role of the Shivraj Singh Chouhan-led government in the admission and recruitment scandal, which has ruined the careers of thousands of youths.

Addressing a press conference on Sunday, the two whisteblowers said the real culprits in the scam have not been identified and booked as yet and now when the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) was probing the matter, it would not be appropriate for the Prime Minister to come and inaugurate the event, which may be interpreted as his support to the state government.

They said that when the Prime Minister refrained from making any comments on Vyapam, let alone take the chief minister to task, he should at least not be seen standing by the Shivraj government at a time when the CBI inquiry was on into the scam.

Sakhlecha and Dubey also accused veteran actor Amitabh Bachchan, who is supposed to attend the valedictory session of the conference as the chief guest, of remaining tightlipped on the scam and its impact on the youth even though his wife Jaya Bachchan completed her schooling from the state.

The whistleblowers in the multi-crore scam said that they have reached out to both Modi and Bachchan on social media as well. “If they don't cancel their engagement at the conference, we would hold a dharna in protest from September 9 to September 12,” they told reporters.

The three-day World Hindi Conference is slated to commence at the Lal Parade Ground in Bhopal from September 10.

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