The Madhya Pradesh High Court on Friday said that it shall draw “adverse inference” if chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan fails to reply within a week on allegations of persecution leveled against him by Vyapam whistleblower Dr Anand Rai.
Last week, Rai produced an affidavit before the Indore bench of the high court claiming that he was invited to Chouhan’s residence on August 11, and was asked not to drag the CM’s family into the multi-layered scam. Rai had said that the CM had promised to revoke the transfer orders of Rai and his wife Gouri.
Arguing for the petitioner, senior advocate Anand Mohan Mathur said, “Why does the CM need so much time to file a simple reply in the court, if it was not for hiding the truth? To speak the truth, one doesn’t need any time. The CM has already been given a week’s time to file a counter affidavit to Dr Rai’s allegations”.
After hearing the arguments, the division bench of the court comprising justices PK Jaiswal and DK Paliwal directed the chief minister to file the reply within a week, otherwise “adverse inference” shall be drawn on the matter. This means, if the CM fails to file his reply in a week, the court will assume that the allegations leveled against him by Rai are true.
On Friday, Rai submitted another affidavit before the high court alleging that the government has stopped the monthly salaries of his wife and himself in order to harass them.
“The salary for the month on August 2015 has not been paid to me and my wife. It clearly shows the state’s malafied intentions towards us,” he said.
The court is hearing a petition filed by the Rai and his wife accusing the state government and the health department of targeting them for exposing what is turning out to be country’s biggest exam-rigging scam.
Last month, the high court had stayed the transfers of the doctor couple after they sought the judiciary’s protection from the alleged hounding by the BJP government.
The state government has recently transferred the doctor couple to Dhar, a BJP strong hold led by former union minister Vikram Verma and present MLA Neena Verma, against whom Dr Rai has lodged a complaint barely a few days before the transfer orders.
Advocate Mathur has also requested the court to implead chief minister as one of the respondents in the case in his personal capacity. The next hearing in the matter will take place on September 18, 2015.