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Congress walkout in Assembly after PEB scam duel

Thursday, 16 January 2014 - 2:24pm IST | Place: Bhopal | Agency: DNA

The Congress staged a walkout of the state assembly on Wednesday demanding a CBI probe into the Professional Examination Board (PEB) scam.

Leader of opposition Satyadeo Katare and MLA Mukesh Nayak sought to raise questions after chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan’s remarks on the scam but Speaker Sitasharan Sharma rejected their requests. The Congress members walked out of the House as they were unhappy with the ruling.

Earlier, replying to the debate on the governor’s address, the chief minister reiterated his stand that the Special Task Force (STF) probing the scam was doing a fine job and there was no reason to doubt its integrity. Chouhan also promised that those found guilty in the probe would not be spared.

Chouhan ridiculed Katare for “sensationalizing” the alleged disappearance of the whistleblower journalist who first exposed the scam. Without naming whistleblower Tajwar Khan, the chief minister remarked that the leader of opposition sought to create suspense and sensation over ‘murder’ of the man who is very much alive.

Katare had visited the Khan’s house on Tuesday and met the journalist’s wife. Tajwar Khan, however, is still untraceable.  His wife Reshma told Katare that she was beaten up by woman cops and her family has been receiving threat calls from goons.

The opposition wanted a direct reply from the chief minister about the whereabouts of the journalist as well as the police action against his family but the speaker disallowed questioning.

Katare insisted that the leader of opposition has the right to seek clarification from the chief minister but the speaker was unmoved. Several ministers also argued that the chief minister cannot be forced to clarify once he has finished his speech. The wordy duel ended in a walkout by the Congress.

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