07/07/2015 3:58 PM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:25 AM IST

Vyapam Scam A 'Silly Issue' That Does Not Require Statement From PM, Says Law Minister

India's opposition Bharatiya Janata Party leader D.V. Sadananda Gowda speaks after he was nominated as the new Chief Minister of Karnataka state in Bangalore, India, Wednesday, Aug. 3, 2011. Gowda was chosen lead the state Wednesday after outgoing Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa stepped down on Sunday after an anti-corruption panel indicted him in a multibillion-dollar bribery scandal involving granting of mining contracts. (AP Photo/Aijaz Rahi)

UDAIPUR — Union Law Minister Sadananda Gowda sparked off a controversy on Tuesday after he termed the multi-crore Vyapam scam that has claimed the lives of scores of people connected directly or indirectly with it as a "silly issue" that does not require a statement from the Prime Minister.

Gowda said the concerned ministers and the party president have given their responses with regard to the scam in Madhya Pradesh.

"The state has initiated probe. The deaths are a matter of concern, but law and order is state subject. See, the Prime Minister need not answer on silly issues," Gowda said.

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"The concerned ministers and party president have answered. For each silly issue asking the Prime Minister to answer is not fair," he added.

The Congress Party has been demanding a fair and transparent probe into the 2013 scam and the immediate removal of Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan from office.

The Supreme Court has also agreed to hear a petition against Madhya Pradesh Governor Ram Naresh Yadav to ensure a fair inquiry into the Vyapam scam. The matter is scheduled to be heard on July 9.

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