MP: Record my statement before I am killed, says PEB scam whistleblower in court
Pre-medical test (PMT) whistleblower Ashish Chaturvedi appeared in a sessions court in Gwalior on Friday after he was issued a bailable warrant.bhopal Updated: Jun 05, 2015 21:54 IST
Pre-medical test (PMT) whistleblower Ashish Chaturvedi appeared in a sessions court in Gwalior on Friday after he was issued a bailable warrant.
Chaturvedi said he wished that his statement against high and mighty involved in the Professional Examination Board (PEB) scam should be recorded first so that he could help the cause of justice before he is “eliminated”.
“It will make no sense that I record statements about small fries in the scam and before I could come to those who are masterminds of the scam, I am murdered,” he told judge Lalit Kishore.
Chaturvedi told HT over phone after his return from the court he knew that he won't be spared by those involved in the scam, but in the interest of justice, he could still depose before the court but he should be allowed to speak first on the role of several powerful persons in the scam.
He is a complainant in more than a dozen cases in PEB scam and he had so far been avoiding deposing in court on the pretext of threat to his life and lack of proper security.
In the previous two hearings in a different court, the judge had asked the police to provide him proper security so that he could depose before the court fearlessly.
Making it clear to the judge that the police was playing a “prank” with him rather than providing security, Chaturvedi, however, said he was prepared to depose before the court but not in the courtroom, where he could be intimidated by the people from among the crowd.
He urged the court to record his statement in solitude, at a safer place.
He also gave an application to the judge for provision of adequate security, citing 14 incidents where he was assaulted or threatened and said so far 70 policemen assigned the task to provide him security have been changed, but it has made no significant improvement in the situation.
He had given similar application in the court of sessions judge Satish Chandra Sharma while refusing to depose in a case of fraudulent admission in medical college, Gwalior and the court had asked the police to provide him proper security.