Responding to the notice of the Madhya Pradesh high court on repeated transfer of Vyapam whistleblower Dr Anand Rai's wife, the Madhya Pradesh government said Dr Gouri Rai had herself requested the transfer to Dhar.
Dr Gouri Rai was earlier posted in Mhow before being transferred to Ujjain and then to Dhar, around 60 km from Indore. Her husband had then moved court alleging that the state government was "troubling" them because he had exposed involvement of senior officials in the Vyapam scam.
However, in a twist to the narrative so far, the state government has claimed that Dr Gouri Rai's transfer from Ujjain government hospital to Dhar district hospital was effected on her own request. According to the government's press release, Dr Gouri Rai submitted a transfer application to the health department in this regard on July 4, 2015.
Refuting the government's claim, Dr Gouri Rai said, "I never requested for posting in Dhar, as my family might face a security threat in Dhar." Dr Anand Rai had complained against senior BJP leader Vikram Verma, an influential leader in Dhar, and his wife Neena Verma is a sitting MLA from Dhar, she explained.
In a letter dated July 31, 2015, of which HT has a copy, Dr Gouri Rai requested the principal secretary of the health department to transfer her either to Hukumchand Polyclinic, PC Sethi hospital or Residency Clinic, all three in Indore.
"I had a conversation with (principal secretary) Dr Gouri Singh on July 31 and explained to her the security threat my family would face in Ujjain or Dhar, and requested her to transfer me to Indore," she told Hindustan Times.
On the other hand, the government's release claims the transfer was made in accordance with a rule that government employees who are a couple should be posted to the same location.
Dr Anand Rai was originally posted at Dhar government hospital, but was later attached to a training centre in Indore. However, in view of the onset of seasonal diseases during monsoon, the state government cancelled the attachments in July and directed all doctors to report to their original posting.
Hence, the release said, Dr Anand Rai was posted at Dhar district hospital after cancellation of his attachment, while Dr Gouri Rai was transferred on her own request to be stationed with her husband.
The high court will hear the matter on Thursday.