Pune: After Pune cyber police arrested a joint director-rank officer in the Maharashtra health department paper leak case, BJP has now linked the alleged recruitment scam with health minister Rajesh Tope.
Accused Mahesh Botle was joint director (non-technical) of National Health Mission and was part of the committee of the health department which set question paper for the exam held last month. Till now, 12 people have been arrested in this, which also includes arrests being made from Jalna district, the constituency of Tope.
BJP leader Gopichand Padalkar has linked it with Tope and called for a judicial inquiry into the issue.
“By appointing officers of their choice in the administration, the health ministry used to award recruitment test contracts to blacklisted companies.
“This was done so that the government should be able to maintain the tradition of recovery through horse-trading in recruitment,” Padalkar alleged.
Blaming health minister Tope, the BJP MLC said, “Links to this paper leak has reached the health minister’s district. These actions of the health minister have been proved now during the expose’ of a recruitment scam in the health department.”
“This government is now officially recognised as a recovery agent. The links of the scam damaging careers of the students and candidates have reached the Mantralaya.”
“So, the question is being asked if the state government protecting the scamster? What exactly is the connection between the health minister and the scamster, the public should know,” the BJP leader said.
Padalkar also asked for a judicial inquiry into the alleged scam and threatened to approach the CBI if the state dodged a fair probe
“A judicial inquiry of the scam should be conducted including the health minister on the issue.”
“If the state government dodges the inquiry then, we will take the matter to the CBI,” Padalkar said.