Cong urges Lt Guv for CBI probe into proxy row

As a Puducherry Minister faced a charge that he used a proxy to write his SSLC exam in Tamil Nadu recently, opposition Congress Monday petitioned Lt Governor Iqbal Singh seeking a CBI probe into the issue.

Last Updated: Oct 03, 2011, 16:02 PM IST

Puducherry: As a Puducherry Minister faced a
charge that he used a proxy to write his SSLC exam in Tamil
Nadu recently, opposition Congress Monday petitioned Lt
Governor Iqbal Singh seeking a CBI probe into the issue.

A Congress delegation submitted a petition to Singh urging
him to ensure that a CBI probe was ordered into the charge
that Education Minister P M L Kalyanasundaram had engaged a
proxy to write his SSLC supplementary exam in a school in
Tindivanam last month, a charge denied by the Minister.

The delegation led by PCC leader A V Subramanian and Leader
of the Opposition in the Assembly V Vaithilingam met the Lt
Governor a day after Union Minister of State in PMO V
Narayanasamy said a CBI probe was necessary as the issue
involved two states (Puducherry and Tamil Nadu).

Rubbishing the charge as `politically motivated`,
Kalayanasundaram said he was ready to face any probe.
He claimed he had appeared for the exam on September 29,
but could not write the exam the next day as he had to attend
an official meeting.

Kalyanasundaram had first appeared for SSLC exam in 1991
and passed in three of five subjects, excepting Science and
Social Sciences. He applied for the supplementary exam held on
sept 29 and 30 stating his centre of preference as Tindivanam,
close to Puducherry.

The Union Territory does not have a separate education
board and follows the syllabus of Tamil Nadu state board.
Sources said Tamil Nadu education authorities have since
ordered a probe into the complaint.

Speaking to reporters after meeting the Lt Governor,
Vaithilingam said they had also requested him to seek
clarification from Chief Minister N Rangasamy and also
initiate steps to drop Kalyanasundaram from the ministry.
The Lt Governor assured to do the needful, he said.

`We will also write to the Union Home Minister in this
regard as Puducherry comes under the direct constitutional
purview of the Home Ministry,` he added.

The former chief minister said they would also seek
intervention of Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa in the
matter.

PTI