Congress stages walkout over Eamcet scam

Demands judicial inquiry into the paper leak issue since CID had not made any headway in the last six months.

By Author  |  Published: 19th Dec 2016  9:08 pm
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Hyderabad: Congress members staged a walkout in the Legislative Council on Monday protesting against the government’s refusal to order a judicial probe into the leakage of Eamcet question paper.

Even after six months, the CID had not made any headway in the inquiry and therefore it was only proper that a judicial inquiry be launched to bring out the truth behind the scam, Leader of Opposition Mohd Ali Shabbir said.

Deputy Chief Minister Kadiam Srihari ruled out judicial inquiry saying already CID was investigating the case and therefore there was no need for further probes. At this, Shabbir led the walkout of his party men.

The issue saw heated argument as the Congress member Ranga Reddy said the Education Minister ought to have resigned and dubbed it a case of ‘kanche chenu maysinatlu’ (meaning fence eating the crop). The TRS members were up on their feet demanding an apology. Council Chairman Swamy Goud also objected to the remark and asked the Congress member to withdraw his words. After some hesitation, Reddy followed suit.

Ponguleti Sudhakar Reddy (Congress) saw nothing wrong in what his colleague had said since it was Rs 100-crore scam, spreading from Hyderabad, Mumbai, Delhi to Dubai.

Shabbir said the CID had only caught the brokers and failed to arrest the kingpin. He wondered why a blacklisted company like Magnetic InfoTech Pvt. Ltd was entrusted the job of printing question papers.

Replying to the members’ queries, Srihari said 49 accused persons were arrested so far and Rs 2.87 crore was recovered. Besides this, a flat worth Rs 34 lakh, a car, a white colour Safari and other things were also seized. He said there was no negligence on the part of the government since the very next day after the scam broke out, the Chief Minister ordered an inquiry.

In contrast, the erstwhile government did not bother to take action when similar things happened in 2010 and 2012.

The Deputy CM maintained that Magnetic InfoTech Company had nothing to do with the Eamcet question paper printing. He said it was not known whether the kingpin was in Delhi or Patna or abroad. CID was making all efforts to bring the accused to book. “No one will be spared however big he may be,” Srihari said.