MPPEB scam: MP CM hits back at Congress, says will file defamation

Last Updated: Monday, June 23, 2014 - 10:20

Zee Media Bureau

Bhopal/New Delhi: Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan on Monday hit back at Congress leaders for accusing him of being involved in the teacher recruitment scam in the state.

Earlier in the day, Congress leader Shakeel Ahmad, on microblogging website Twitter, said the accused, who is in jail in connection with the Madhya Pradesh Professional Examination Board (MPPEB) scam, had received 139 phone calls of a lady from CM Chouhan`s residence. His tweet comes a day after his party accused Sadhana Singh, the wife of the Madhya Pradesh CM, of her involvement in the Madhya Pradesh Professional Examination Board (MPPEB) scam.

In response to the allegations, Chouhan defended her wife.

He further said that those who made these accusations will be served notice soon.

@ChouhanShivraj

Congress general secretary Digvijay Singh, meanwhile, said what has been revealed is “only tip of an iceberg”, adding the needle of suspicion points to the CM now.

Amid growing demand to hand over the MPPEB scam probe to CBI, Union Water Resources Minister Uma Bharti on Sunday said the accused involved in the case should not be spared at any cost.

"I expect that the criminal (behind the Madhya Pradesh Professional Board Examination scam), howsoever powerful he may be, should not be spared," Bharti had said in a statement. The Congress had earlier alleged that Bharti had recommended names of candidates for contractual teacher exam conducted by the MPPEB.

When her name cropped up in the scam in December 2013 in a section of media, she rushed back to Bhopal and met State Director General of Police (DGP) Nandan Dube on the issue. However, the Special Task Force probing the scam had later issued a statement clarifying that she had no role in it.

The STF had arrested former state technical education minister and BJP leader Laxmikant Sharma on June 15 for his alleged involvement in contractual teachers recruitment scam.

Over 100 students, who allegedly cleared the Pre-Medical Test (PMT) through unfair means, had also been arrested by STF from different districts of the state.

PMT was conducted by Madhya Pradesh Professional Examination Board, whose top officials were already arrested by STF since the scam surfaced in 2013.



First Published: Monday, June 23, 2014 - 09:42

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