Anand Rai, one of the primary wistleblowers in the Vyapam Scam, on Wednesday alleged that he was offered a deal by Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chauhan in exchange of stopping his campaign against the scam.
In an affidavit submitted to the Indore bench of Madhya Pradesh High Court, Rai alleged that Chauhan offered to cancel his transfer if he stopped campaigning against the Vyapam and DMAT scam, states a report in The New Indian Express. Rai had filed a petition in the HC challenging his transfer from Indore to Dhar.
Rai in his affidavit also alleged that the MP CM had asked for him to come to his official residence in Bhopal on August 11 and said that Rai and his wife Gauri Rai's transfer would be cancelled if the former stopped targeting him and his family, states the report.
Chauhan, according to Rai, even assured him that he would ask the Advocate General's office to submit in writing the revocation of transfers before the High Court.
S K Mishra, Principal Secretary to the Chief Minister, said that it was Rai who wanted to meet the CM to share some information relating to the scam, but however denied that any such offer was made to him, adds the report.
Rai has alleged that his and Gauri's transfers were a result of him exposing the involvement of several high-profile officials in the scams.
The Vyapam scam pertains to manipulation in the selection process for government jobs conducted by MPPEB which came to light after a report by the Madhya Pradesh Local Fund Audit office for 2007-08 found alleged financial and administrative irregularities, including unauthorized disposal of application forms, worth crores of rupees by the MPPEB.