New Delhi, July 9: Hearing the petitions filed by Congress general secretary Digvijay Singh and others, the Supreme Court on Thursday transferred to CBI the Vyapam scam case and the matter of deaths of various persons having links with it.
The Supreme Court also issued notice to the Madhya Pradesh government and the Centre on the petition demanding the removal of Madhya Pradesh Governor Ram Naresh Yadav in connection with the Vyapam scam.
The apex court, which asked as to why the Governor should not be probed, has sorted a reply within four weeks. It also issued a notice to the CBI, which has been given two weeks time to respond.
The SC also made a comment of Madhya Pradesh High Court saying: “Instead of deciding on a CBI probe, the Madhya Pradesh High Court washed its hands off.”
Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi, appearing for the state, reportedly favoured the CBI probe on the entire issue.
Senior lawyers Indira Jaisinh, Kapil Sibal, Prashant Bhushan and Vivek Tankha were present during the hearing at the apex court.
Arguing for the petitioner, senior lawyer Kapil Sibal said the Governor should be removed from his post.
Earlier on Tuesday, an apex court bench headed by Chief Justice H.L. Dattu had agreed to give an urgent hearing and posted the matter for today.
As many as 46 people associated with the scam as accused or witnesses have died under mysterious circumstances, according to reports.
(With Agency Inputs)