The Tamil Nadu government is probing the allegation that Puducherry education minister PML Kalyanasundaram, 34, used an impersonator to write the class 10 supplementary exam at a school in the state in September.
“I am ready to face any probe. The hall ticket and signature will prove that I had written the exam myself,” Kalyanasundaram told press persons in Puducherry.
“Pure politics and motivated by jealous opponents” – this is how Kalyanasundaram put it.
He said the AIADMK, the ruling party in Tamil Nadu, was behind the move to defame him because his party, the AINRC, had snapped ties with it after the election this year.
The Congress has demanded a CBI probe into the allegation.
A school dropout, Kalyanasundaram is a first-time legislator in Puducherry and became education minister and holds the IT and transport portfolios too.
On Thursday, the minister had attempted the supplementary science exam for the Secondary School Leaving Certificate at Tagore Matriculation School, Villupuram district, 120 km from Chennai. “I have done well and am expecting 60%,” Kalyanasundaram told press persons in Puducherry.
But he failed to appear for the social sciences exam on Friday.
But by Friday, Tamil Nadu education minister C Ve Shanmugham ordered an inquiry into the allegation that his Puducherry counterpart had used unfair means and send an impersonator to fill in for him at the examinations. “If preliminary inquiries revealed impersonation, the department will conduct a detailed probe. Experts will be roped in to compare the handwriting of the minister to that in the answer papers,” Shanmugham said.
He had ordered the probe after receiving a call on this issue.