Bhopal: Congress today attacked Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan on the issue of MPPEB scam alleging the original excel sheet seized from a computer was tampered with to sheild him and his family and demanded his resignation.
However, Madhya Pradesh Law and Legislative Affiars and Paliamentary Affairs Minister, Narottam Mishra, termed the allegations as “baseless and untrue” and an attempt to “tarnish” the image of Chouhan after suffering a string of defeats in successive elections.
After submitting documents claimed to be in support of their charges to Speical Investigative Team (SIT) which is overseeing the Special Task Force (STF) probe into Madhya Pradesh Professional Examination Board (MPPEB) scam in recruitment examination for various government posts, the Congress leaders alleged the original excel sheet was tampered with.
Senior Congress leaders, including Congress general secretary, Digvijay Singh, Kamal Nath, Jyotiraditya Scindia, Suresh Pachouri, PCC President Arun Yadav and Leader of Opposition in the state assembly Satyadev Katare in a joint press conference demanded a CBI probe into the scam and Chouhan’s resignation.
Singh said “I have under oath submitted an original excel sheet retrieved from the deleted data, consisting 131 serial numbers. CM appeared as 48 places. The investigating agencies have manipulated and replaced CM with Minister at 21 places, M/s at one place and Umabhartihji at seven places.
“Furhter, at 18 places CM has altogether been removed leaving a blank,” he claimed.
“Besides, Minister 2, Minister 3 and Minister 4 mentioned at 17 places as sponsor/recommender in original excel sheet but all of them changed/replaces with “Minister,” he alleged. The Congress leaders were also accompanied by senior Supreme Court lawyers, K T S Tulsi and Vivek Tankha to show that they are levelling these allegations after consulting legal opinions.
Tulsi compared the alleged tampering of evidences with the famous Watergate case in the US.