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Congress slams Katheria’s induction

New Delhi : The Congress Friday slammed Prime Minister Narendra Modi over a fake certificate controversy surrounding Minister of State for Human Resource Development (HRD) Ram Shankar Katheria, saying “unworthy” people had been appointed to deal with education.

“The minister (Katheria) should not have been inducted into the council of ministers,” Congress general secretary Shakeel Ahmad told IANS. “Such unworthy people should not be a part of the department of education.”

Ahmed had earlier tweeted that there was “a mess” in education.

“Modi’s state minister for HRD, Katheria, is facing a case of forged graduation mark sheet. What a mess in education!” he said.

Katheria has rubbished the charges against him.

He said there was no truth in the allegations and added that if he was in the wrong, action would have been taken against him by the authorities.

Katheria’s BSP rival candidate had in 2010 filed a case in the Allahabad High Court alleging that Katheria had forged his mark sheet.

The case was referred to a court in Agra and is scheduled to come up for hearing later this month.

Katheria was among the 21 ministers inducted by Modi Sunday.