Another tainted Rajasthan minister quits

The minister said he had taken this decision on moral grounds after a section of the media raised question on his personal integrity over the death of a women in Bhilwara district a few weeks back. However the chief minister is yet to accept his resignation.

Jat allegedly hastened the post-mortem of a woman who died under mysterious circumstances in Bhilwara, Jat’s home district on September 27. The woman was Paras Devi, 34, the wife of the Bhilwara Dairy Chairman Rattanlal Chaudhary. The post-mortem report has stated that the cause of death due to poisoning.

Parsi Devi died at Mahatama Gandhi Hospital in Bhilwara on September 26. The body was forcefully  taken to another hospital for post mortem  but doctors there refused to conduct the post-mortem. Then it was again taken back to Mahatma Gandhi Hospital. Minister Jat was reportedly present all the while.

The post-mortem was finally done in Mahatma Gandhi Hospital at 2 am with special permission by the collector and cremated in the morning.

Though the district administration has ordered an enquiry in to the incident, the report has not yet been made public. Jat had said he got involved as it was a 'family matter'. Paras Devi’s father, however, raised question over the role played the minister in avoiding the post-mortem and rushing the cremation. The minister said he was ready for any investigation, including a DNA test after allegations were raised on his relations with Paras Devi. 

Jat represents Mandal assembly constituency of Bhilwara district. He is the second minister to land in a controversy as another cabinet minister Mahipal Maderna faces CBI investigation in connection with the missing nurse Bhanwari Devi.

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