Vyapam scam: Madhya Pradesh CM recommends CBI probe to HC

Bhopal(web team): On Tuesday, Madhya Pradesh CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan addressed a press conference, where he recommended CBI probe in the Vyapam scam.

He said that he has full faith in the probe done by STF and since HC is currently monitoring the case, the state government has no connection to the case now.

Chouhan said that he has full faith in the judiciary of the country. Madhya Pradesh CM said on the wake of death of some individuals including that of a journalist, questions were raised about why CBI has not been not handed over the case. To allay the air of uncertainty, Chouhan said that he is recommending a CBI probe in the Vyapam scam and mysterious deaths which have been linked to the case. CM said that he is bowing down to public opinion regarding this case. He said that in Supreme Court too, the state government will advocate for a CBI probe. However he rejected suggestion that he has been asked by PM Modi to recommend a CBI probe. Chouhan said that he thought long and hard and realised this will be the best for his state.

He also rejected Congress demand for resignation. 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.

“We can fix all the matters together. It will come on July 9,” a bench comprising Chief Justice H L Dattu and justices Arun Kumar Mishra and Amitava Roy said. Singh and whistleblowers — Ashish Chaturvedi, Dr Anand Rai and Prashant Pandey — have moved the apex court seeking a CBI probe under its supervision.

Union Minister Uma Bharti on Monday night said she is “scared” by the number of deaths associated with the Vyapam scam in Madhya Pradesh and said there is “panic” in the state due to these deaths. “There is panic in Madhya Pradesh due to the deaths. I am scared for the lives of people connected to me. I am a minister but still I am scared. I will convey my fears to CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan,” Bharti, a former Chief Minister of Madhya

Pradesh, was quoted as having told India Today TV. Congress has claimed there have been 46 deaths in connection with the admission and recruitment scam since it broke out two years back.

The Supreme Court on Tuesday agreed to hear petitions filed by Congress leader Digvijaya Singh and others for a CBI probe into the Vyapam scam.

A bench headed by chief justice H L Dattu agreed to give an urgent hearing and posted all petitions on the scam for July 9.

Various people including activists, lawyers, politicians belonging to opposition parties, and whistleblower of the scam had approached the apex court for a CBI probe.

They alleged that SIT, appointed by state government, is not conducting the probe in a proper manner. They said that more than 40 witnesses and accused in the case have died under mysterious circumstances. They said deaths of so many people raises suspicion that they are being killed to protect influential people involved in the scam.

The court on Monday agreed to heal a petition challenging an order of MP high Court which had quashed FIR filed against the state governor. That petition would also be heard on July 9.

However, Union home minister Rajnath Singh had said on Monday that the Madhya Pradesh government would order a CBI inquiry into the Vyapam Scam only if the high court or the Supreme Court feels there is a need for such a probe.

“The government cannot ask the courts to order a CBI probe,” he said reacting to opposition’s demand that probe into the scam be handed over to the central investigating agency.

“If the Supreme Court and the high court feel the SIT is not investigating properly and that a CBI inquiry must be initiated, the MP government would be ready for it,” Rajnath Singh said.

“I as the home minister would immediately accept the demand for CBI inquiry into Vyapam scam,” Rajnath Singh added.

With PTI inputs