Vyapam scam: SC to hear Digvijay Singh, three whistleblowers` plea for CBI probe on July 9

Congress leader Digvijay Singh

New Delhi, July 7: The Supreme Court on Tuesday agreed to hear on July 9 the plea of Congress leader Digvijay Singh and three whistleblowers seeking an apex court-monitored CBI probe into the Vyapam scam in Madhya Pradesh.

A bench comprising Chief Justice H L Dattu and justices Arun Kumar Mishra and Amitava Roy said: “We can fix all the matters together. It will come on July 9.”

Singh and whistleblowers — Ashish Chaturvedi, Dr Anand Rai and Prashant Pandey — have moved the apex court seeking a CBI probe under its supervision.

Earlier on Monday, a group of lawyers and Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader Kumar Vishwas had moved the court urging it to take cognisance of the massive scam. The court fixed these matters for hearing on July 9.

The petition, filed by a group of lawyers, have sought removal of Madhya Pradesh Governor Ram Naresh Yadav on the ground of his alleged involvement in the massive admission and recruitment scam in the state and recording of his statement in the case.

In his petition, AAP leader had urged the apex court to take cognisance of the massive scam, citing that 45 people have died in mysterious circumstances in connection with the case.

Earlier, the apex court had granted four months more time to the Special Investigation Team (SIT), constituted following a High Court order, to conclude probe into the case.

The multi-crore rupees professional examination scam, involves several high-profile professionals, politicians and bureaucrats as accused.

The alleged scam involves MPPEB, which holds examinations for various posts such as teachers, medical officers, constables and forest guards.

The Centre on Monday ruled the CBI probe into the Vyapam scam in Madhya Pradesh as troubles mounted for Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan after a woman trainee sub-inspector recruited by the state board was found dead in a lake.

Congress demanded the sacking of Chauhan following the spate of mysterious deaths in the last two years that has rocked the BJP-ruled state even as the Chief Minister said it is “not fair” to link all such “unfortunate incidents” with the scandal.

The BJP, which rallied behind Chauhan in the face of strident demands by the Congress for a CBI probe, on Tuesday said the government is doing whatever it can in connection with the Vyapam scam, and added that the required inquiry must be conducted.

BJP spokesperson M J Akbar said: “The basic thing to remember, we have a list of 2,000 accused. Who made them the accused? It is the action taken by the Madhya Pradesh government which has brought so many people into the list of accused. So, the government is doing whatever it can, whatever it should. Equally important, we have already said that whatever inquiry is required, should be conducted.”

He further added: “Finance Minister Arun Jaitley has said that, Rajnath Singh has said that. The Madhya Pradesh High Court is itself seized of the inquiry. There is no institution higher than the court.”

(With Agency Inputs)

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