Nashik: Defending the Shivraj Singh Chouhan-led Madhya Pradesh government over Vyapam scam, Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Tuesday said that it was transparent and blamed opposition for maligning the image of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government.
"Opposition parties are maligning our image. Madhya Pradesh?government led by chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan is transparent and it was Chouhan who had written a letter to the Supreme Court seeking a CBI probe into the scam," Singh was quoted by PTI.
On Kumbh Mela, Singh said, "I am happy and prayed to Almighty to make India a 'samrudhha' (prosperous) nation."
Singh attended 'Dhwajarohan' (flag-hoisting) ceremony that marked the beginning of the 'Simhastha Kumbh Mela 2015' in Trimbakeshwar near here this morning.
Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, his cabinet colleagues Girish Mahajan and Sudhir Mungantiwar and office-bearers of the BJP also attended the press conference.
Rajnath's remarks comes a day after Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) took over the probe of the scam which has tarnished the image of the Madhya Pradesh government.
The Congress, which led the opposition attack on the state's BJP government led by three-term Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, has claimed 49 people associated with Vyapam in some way have died under mysterious circumstances, though official figure stands at 25.
A Supreme Court bench headed by Chief Justice H L Dattu had on July 9 transferred the probe of all Vyapam cases, including the related deaths, to CBI, which was directed to take over the probe on July 13.
The premier investigative agency has been asked to file its report to the apex court on July 24 when it is likely to take a call on monitoring the investigation as demanded by some petitioners including Congress general secretary Digvijay Singh.
The scam involves professionals, high-profile politicians and bureaucrats with hundreds of people including aspirants and their parents in jail. Former MP Education Minister Laxmikant Sharma and several top bureaucrats are also behind the bars.
The role of MP Governor Ram Naresh Yadav has also come under cloud for allegedly favouring some aspirants. The STF had registered an FIR against him but the High Court quashed it citing immunity from criminal prosecution he enjoys in office. Supreme Court has also issued notices to Yadav and the Centre and state governments on petitions seeking his removal from the post.
Yadav's son Shailesh, an accused in one of the Vyapam cases, had died mysteriously at his father's Lucknow residence in March this year.
(With PTI Inputs)