Staff Reporter, Bhopal
Comparing the scam in a contract teachers’ entrance test organised by the Madhya Pradesh Professional Examination Board (MPPEB) with Bihar’s fodder scam, BJP Vice-President and ex-chief minister Uma Bharti today demanded a Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) into the scam.
“The scam is very deep-rooted and name of several politicians are mentioned in it. Hence, I think it should be investigated by the CBI. I will write a letter to the state government in this regard,” Ms Bharti told media soon after a discussion with Director General of Police (DGP) Nandan Dubey who came to meet the leader at his residence this morning.
Ms Bharti said the DGP had made it clear that neither her name was mentioned in the first information report (FIR), nor any inquiry being conducted against her. She said Mr Dubey informed her that her name came up as ‘reference’ but there was no evidence about her involvement in the scam.
“I have no doubt about the ability and efficiency of the senior officers of the Madhya Pradesh Special Task Force (STF) which is investigating the scam but other officers are working under the state regime which might affect a neutral probe into the scam,” Ms Bharti pointed out.
Indicating a conspiracy for dragging her name into the scam by a section of media, the former Chief Minster said some influential were people behind it but she did not disclose their names.
Mr Bharti said although the DGP had assured that her name was not mentioned in the FIR, yet she would write to him in two-three days and ask for a written reply.
Ms Bharti reiterated that the MPPEB scam is second after the multi-crore fodder scam and lakhs of lives are involved with this scam.
Terming the former minister Laxmikant Sharma — against whom a case was registered in the scam — as like her younger brother, Ms Bharti said Sharma and other people should come before the STF and present their position bravely instead of going underground.
To a query, the firebrand sadhvi said she would not file any defamation case against the media publishing news against her.
However, she added that the media should discharge its responsibility with more careful manner as her prestige was at stake.
The STF lately registered two FIRs in connection with the scam.
More than 100 people — including former stalwart minister Laxmikant Sharma, some officials and candidates who cleared the test using unfair means — were named.