Under intense pressure, the Madhya Pradesh government has finally filed a plea in the High Court, for a Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) probe in the controversial Vyapam Scam.
Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan had said that, while he was satisfied with the probe being conducted by the Special Task Force, he would write to the Madhya Pradesh High Court, recommending a probe into the Vyapam scam, by the central agency.
The Chief Minister, however, justified his earlier stand of not giving into the demand for a CBI probe, reiterating that the state government had no authority to directly order the same in case of an ongoing court-monitored investigation.
“Keeping into consideration the recent developments, it has now become important that the investigation be handed over to the CBI,” said Chouhan. This came on a day when the Supreme Court decided to hear a plea seeking a CBI probe into the Vyapam scam, on July 9.
Chouhan was under mounting pressure from opposition parties, particularly the Congress, to order a CBI probe following the death of Arun Sharma, the dean of a Jabalpur medical college probing the scandal, on Sunday, in Delhi, a day after Akshay Singh, a journalist of the TV Today group on the Vyapam scam trail, mysteriously died, minutes after he had interviewed the parents of a deceased girl accused.