Senior BJP leader Sushma Swaraj has been embroiled in a row for facilitating travel documents for tainted former IPL boss Lalit Modi in London, prompting opposition Congress to demand her resignation.
The response to an RTI query, filed recently by activist Ajay Dubey, revealed that the State government had appointed Swaraj’s husband Swaraj Kaushal and daughter Bansuri Kaushal as government lawyers in 2009 and 2013, respectively.
Dubey alleged that the Chief Minister “favoured” Swaraj with appointments as he wants to consolidate his position in the BJP.
Documents procured under the Right to Information Act on Saturday revealed that the Shivraj Singh Chouhan government appointed Union foreign minister Sushma Swaraj’s daughter and husband as government lawyers.
RTI activists alleged that their appointment was against transparency and reflected the government’s bias to benefit the influential. “The government should make a clear policy for appointment of counsels. It clearly reflects that the VIPs and their kin are being benefitted,” alleged Ajay Dubey of Transparency International, who procured the documents.
“Why only children of VIPs are suitable for such posts?” he said, adding, “The chief minister should ideally remove these people from their posts.”
Reacting to the findings, MP Congress unit’s chief spokesman KK Mishra said Chouhan was not missing an opportunity to oblige Central ministers.
“By make Bansuri and Kaushal State government advocates, he (Chouhan) has politically obliged Swaraj. Chouhan was obliging the BJP Central leadership to save his chair in the wake of his involvement in MP Professional Examination Board (MPPEB) scam,” Mishra alleged.
Meanwhile, the state BJP unit said the government has not indulged in any wrongdoing, illegal act or impropriety in appointing Kaushal and Bansuri as government lawyers.
MP BJP media in-charge Hitesh Bajpai said the appointments were done on the basis of merits.