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Digvijaya to take up MPPEB scam issue with President

Senior Congress leader Digvijaya Singh said in Bhopal on Wednesday that he would approach the President of India on the MPPEB scam as the special investigation team (SIT) had failed to act on the evidence provided by him.

bhopal Updated: Apr 16, 2015 15:59 IST
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Hindustan Times
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Senior Congress leader Digvijaya Singh said in Bhopal on Wednesday that he would approach the President of India on the MPPEB scam as the special investigation team (SIT) had failed to act on the evidence provided by him.

He was addressing the press after a meeting with the SIT members on Wednesday.

Singh said that he had given the team the proof that chief minister Shivraj Chouhan’s name was removed from the excel sheet recovered from former PEB official Nitin Mahindra's computer.

He had even submitted a report of the Truth Lab of Bangalore corroborating the same and also given an affidavit that action could be taken against him if he was found to be untrue.

But, Singh said, the SIT hadn't given the letter to the STF probing the scam.

He said that even the Supreme Court guidelines recommending an FIR in such cases was ignored.

"I don’t know why the SIT headed by justice (retired) Chandresh Bhushan, is not taking action. Even an unnamed FIR could have been lodged in the case," he said, adding they (SIT members) only expressed helplessness when asked about the same. If they can't take action then they should quit, he said.

Singh said that he had also given evidence (cell phone record) that how a member of the chief minister's family had contacted a PEB accused, who in turn contacted another accused and in turn the person was selected.

All these accused persons are now in jail, but there is no FIR against CM or his family member, he said and alleged that the STF had overlooked a larger conspiracy and it seemed that the post of the CM outweighed all other actions.

Earlier, speaking to journalists, Digvijaya Singh said that governors appointed during the UPA regime were removed for no reason but the Governor of MP who was booked in the PEB case hadn't been removed.

"Hence, we will now approach the President of India, as there seems no other way for further action," he said.

Singh said that former Haryana CM Om Prakash Chautala is in jail for 350 recruitments. "Here Chouhan had himself accepted in Assembly that over 1,000 persons had got jobs through the racket but there is not even FIR being registered against him".

He also said that nearly one crore youths were duped as PEB collected huge amount of fee from the unemployed youths who appeared in admission tests and recruitment examinations.

"The BJP members want ghar wapasi. But the Congress will run a campaign for fee wapasi, so that these youths get theier money back," he said.

Regarding finance minister Arun Jaitley's recent statement hailing Shivraj Singh Chouhan for his credibility, Singh said that it is clear that, "corruption is the measure of credibility in the BJP."

State government spokesperson Narottam Mishra said that Digvijaya Singh was desperate as the pen drive or a lab report had no legal validity.

"Any person can create such evidence," said Mishra. "He came to Bhopal but didn't go to the STF which shows that he is not assisting in any probe."

Regarding Singh's statement that HC appointed SIT members should resign, Mishra said that the statement was a contempt of court.

"The Congress is making absolutely false allegations against the CM, without any proofs," he said.

Allegations against CM misleading: BJP

State Bharatiya Janata Party spokesperson and MLA Vishwas Sarang has termed misleading the allegations levelled by Congress general secretary Digvijaya Singh on chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan in connection with the professional examination board (PEB) recruitment scam.

Sarang said he has "advised" the former chief minister to take up constructive issues than mislead people on the exam scam.

He further said Singh's attempts at making allegations against the CM were already rejected by the people as was evident by BJP's successive victories in the Lok Sabha and assembly elections and the failure of Congress to win back the trust of the people.

He said Singh's objective was to remain in the news by levelling such "false" allegations.

First Published: Apr 16, 2015 15:53 IST