The Madhya Pradesh high court on Thursday stayed the transfers of a Vyapam scam whistleblower and his wife who had accused the Shivraj Singh Chouhan government of targeting them for exposing the state’s biggest scandal in recent times.
A division bench comprising justices PK Jaiswal and TK Kaushal also directed the state to file a detailed reply in the specific allegations of “mala fide intentions” made by Anand Rai and wife Gauri, both government doctors.
During the course of the hearing on Thursday, advocate general Sunil Jain said that the couple was transferred to the same location as per the government’s transfer policy.
Anand Rai is one of the key whistleblowers in the multi-layered scam involving multiple rackets which helped candidates buy seats in medical courses and government jobs.
Last month, the CBI took over probe into the scam and several cases of mysterious deaths of people linked to the scandal. Opposition parties and whistleblowers say the deaths are part of a conspiracy to eliminate key witnesses in the scam. Over 40 people linked with the scam have died under mysterious circumstances.
Anand Rai has alleged that the state government transferred him and his wife to settle scores after he complained against powerful BJP leaders allegedly involved in the Vyapam scam.
Rai was posted as a medical officer in a government training institute in Indore and recently his attachment order to the post was abolished by the government by posting him back to his parent post to a hospital in Dhar district.
His wife was also transferred from Ujjain to Dhar recently.
The Rais have pointed out that he was transferred to Dhar barely few days after he lodged a complaint against senior BJP leader and former Union minister Vikram Verma. Verma’s wife Neena Verma is the local MLA of Dhar.
In a complaint to the CBI, Rai alleged that the BJP leader used his influence to get his daughter, pursuing MBBS in a college in Uttar Pradesh’s Ghaziabad, transferred to the Gandhi Medical College in Bhopal. “They wish to harass me,” Anand Rai told HT before the court order.
Gauri Rai said the reported death of people linked to the scam has become “a mentally harrowing experience”. “There was no protection for two years. It is only now that we received some protection,” she said.