Indore : Dissatisfied by the reply filed by state government in connection with the transfers of Vyapam scam whistleblower Dr Anand Rai and his wife Dr Gauri Rai, Indore bench of Madhya Pradesh High Court on Thursday directed the government to file a detailed replay again in two weeks.
The court also restrained the government to take any action against the couple till final outcome of the case.
In its reply to the petition filed by Rai and his wife, the state government submitted its reply on Thursday wherein it justified its stand.
During hearing, the government argued that transfer is an administrative decision and it is policy of state to transfer its employee.
The government stated that Dr Anand Rai was not transferred but was detached from Indore and sent back to his original posting which is in Dhar. In case of his wife, the government said that Dr Gauri Rai was transfer from Ujjain to Dhar on her own request made through an application.
One of the counsels of the petitioners, Anand Mohan Mathur said that they objected to the government’s reply and decision on three grounds.
“Our first argument is that the Rai and his wife were transferred with mala fide intention as he is a whistleblower in Vyapam and DMAT scams involving ministers, public representatives and bureaucrats.
“Secondly the state government generally does not transfer its after June. If any transfer is made after June then approval is obtained either from minister of the department concerned or Chief Minister. In this case, no such approval was obtained as per our knowledge.
“Thirdly the couple was to Dhar wherein senior BJP leader Vikram Verma is an influential leader against whom Rai had filed a complaint with CBI. Neena Verma, wife of Vikram Verma is MLA from Dhar.”
Mathur said they argued in the court that moving there is threat to the life of the couple in Dhar and requested the court to order for revoking their transfer.
The court observed that state government is not making any appropriate whistleblower protection policy in compliance with Whistle Blower Protection Act, 2011 and directed the government to file its reply on the concerns and allegations of the petitioners within two weeks.
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