Joining the book scam issue, Socialist Party (India) vice-president Balwant Singh Khera has demanded that justice AN Jindal (retd) recuse himself from the government-entrusted inquiry as his close connections with the ruling alliance stood exposed.
In a statement, Khera said that the very practice of appointing handpicked judicial officers as inquiry commissions should stop. "The governments must adopt a transparent procedure to appoint inquiry officers," he said.
Khera said that the matter of shady purchase of school books and science kits did not need any further probe as enough had been exposed by the media.
"The government is only buying time so that the issue fades away from the public memory," added Khera.
"The way the states are (mis)using retired judicial officers for 'eye-wash' investigations, is undermining the sanctity of the judiciary," he remarked. He advised education minister Sikander Singh Maluka to resign in the wake of large scale embezzlement in the book deal and save the government from embarrassment.