Cong, AAP demand Chouhan's resignation after SC hands over Vyapam probe to CBI
Congress and the Aam Aadmi Party on Thursday demanded the resignation of MP Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan saying he had no moral right to continue in the post.
New Delhi: Congress and the Aam Aadmi Party on Thursday demanded the resignation of MP Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan saying he had no moral right to continue in the post after the Supreme Court decision to hand over the probe into Vyapam scam and deaths allegedly linked to it to the CBI.
Welcoming the Supreme Court decision to hand over the cases to CBI, both the parties hoped that the apex court will monitor the investigations.
"The victims have to be given justice. It is very important for the chief minister to step down for proper investigations to take place. It would be proper that the Chief Minister resigns as the control of police is with him as of today. If he gets a clean chit, then he can come back,"
Congress spokesperson Tom Vadakkan said. He added that the Chief Minister in his letter to the High Court has not talked of the deaths in the case.
"We welcome the Supreme Court decision. We wanted the Supreme Court to monitor the case and we hope it monitors it," he said.
Speaking in the same vein, AAP spokesperson Ashish Khetan said after the Supreme Court expressed its "dissatisfaction" on the investigation by the state agencies, Chouhan should resign.
"Prima facie, the Supreme Court has found substance in all the allegations against Shivraj Singh Chouhan and his government that so far this investigation carried out by the state agencies is not satisfactory. The Supreme Court by transferring the case to CBI has expressed its dissatisfaction in the scam investigations so far.
"Now the Chief Minister is left with no moral authority to continue in his post," he said.
The Supreme Court today ordered CBI probe into all Vyapam scam cases and alleged deaths related to it and also issued notice to the Centre, Madhya Pradesh government and the Governor on a plea seeking his removal over his alleged involvement in the scandal.
Hoping that the Supreme Court will monitor the case, Khetan also questioned why the BJP was "protecting" the Madhya Pradesh Governor whose name has also figured in the scam.
"Whenever the Supreme Court has handed over an inquiry to CBI, it has monitored it also. I am hopeful, CBI will keep filing the status report to the Supreme Court from time to time," he said.
Terming the SC notice to state government and the Governor as a "big development", he said, "Why was the Governor
He alleged that it was felt that if Governor came under probe in the scam, then the Chief Minister and his office would also come under the inquiry.
"If the immunity is not there for Governor, then it will be difficult for the Chief Minister to continue," he said.
BJP spokesperson G V L Narasimha Rao, however, refused to talk about the Governor's role saying it is not a political
issue and the matter is sub-judice. "This allegation against the MP Governor belongs to a larger investigation being carried out.... It is not a political issue. The matter is sub-judice," he said.
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