Citing a high court order, state unit BJP president Nand
Kumar Singh Chouhan said there is a possibility of the registration of
an FIR against Singh in this regard.
Under fire over the 'Vyapam' scam, BJP on Saturday hit back at former Madhya Pradesh chief minister Digvijay Singh as it alleged that 16 appointments were made in contravention of rules during his tenure, a charge denied by the Congress
general secretary. Citing a high court order, state unit BJP president
Nand Kumar Singh Chouhan said there is a possibility of the registration
of an FIR against Singh in this regard.
"Singh had appointed 16 people in various departments after throwing rules to the wind," he alleged.
BJP also provided photocopies of 16 note sheets of appointments
purportedly signed by Singh in his capacity as chief minister between
"The (MP) High Court bench comprising Chief Justice AM Khanwilkar and
Justice KK Trivedi had on August 6 annulled the appointment of one Arun
Tiwari as an engineer in Water Resources Department made by the then
Congress government headed by (Digvijay) Singh by relaxing rules. The
above appointment was made by him (Singh) on September 27, 1997,"
Chouhan told reporters. He said the possibility of registering an FIR
against Singh cannot be ruled out in the wake of the HC's order
"directing the state to initiate criminal proceedings against all
irregular appointments by identifying them department- wise".
"The bench has directed that a first compliance report be filed
within four months on the issue of alleged irregular appointments made
by relaxing rules after identifying such recruitments
department-wise. It also directed the chief secretary to cancel them
(appointments)," he said.
Reacting to the HC's order dated August 6, Singh had tweeted,
"Shocked to hear the Hon High Court MP order against me without giving
me Notice or giving me opportunity to plead my case. Is this Justice?"
In related tweets on the issue today, he said, "If it (any case) was
not under rule, then it (rule) was relaxed by taking the order from the
Cabinet. Like Vyapam no forgery was done by looting the candidates."
In yet another tweet, he added, "During my chief ministership tenure all decisions were taken under the government rules."
The MPPEB, or 'Vyapam' scam, involves massive alleged irregularities
in the conduct of examinations and appointment of candidates to various
posts with the involvement of the political brass.Opposition Congress
has stalled the proceedings in Parliament seeking the resignation of
Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan
over the scam. Various aspects of the scam, including the mysterious
deaths of some of the accused and witnesses connected with it, are
currently being probed by CBI.