RSS man drags ex-Sangh chief into Vyapam scandal
A beneficiary of the Vyapam scam had apparently told the special task force (STF) that former RSS chief, the late KS Sudarshan, and senior Sangh leader Suresh Soni helped him pass a job test with distinction despite leaving many questions unanswered.india Updated: Jul 09, 2015 22:38 IST
A beneficiary of the Vyapam scam had apparently told the special task force (STF) that former RSS chief, the late KS Sudarshan, and senior Sangh leader Suresh Soni helped him pass a job test with distinction despite leaving many questions unanswered.
The former RSS chief’s longtime sewadar or volunteer assistant, Mihir Kumar, told the STF during questioning last year that a racket comprising officials of the Madhya Pradesh Professional Examination Board (PEB), or Vyapam, secured him a food inspector’s job following recommendations from Sudarshan and RSS leader Soni.Soni denied the allegations after Kumar’s statement was made part of the charge sheet submitted before a local court in Bhopal on March 20, 2014.
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The document filed by the STF, which has been investigating the multi-crore recruitment fraud in Madhya Pradesh, said Kumar wrote the Professional Examination Board-conducted examination for recruitment of junior food and civil supplies officers and weights and measurement inspectors in 2012.
After filling in the application form, he gave a photocopy to Sudarshan and requested him to get the job for him, the statement said.
It was alleged that the RSS leader contacted Soni and then higher education minister Laxmikant Sharma, who assured full assistance.
Sharma, a key accused in the Vyapam scam, is currently in jail.
Kumar was instructed to answer questions he was confident of and leave the rest blank. When the results were declared, his name was at the 7th position on the merit list.
The bluff was called when some racketeers, including PEB officials, were arrested.
They told investigators about the purported request from Soni. Kumar is now out on bail and lives in Bhopal. But his house was locked when HT tried to meet him.
“He stays away for days and comes here only at night,” said a neighbour.