Vyapam Scam: SC to hear plea for CBI probe as mysterious deaths rise alarmingly

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Amidst the clarion call by the Congress party for a CBI probe into the Vyapam scam, the Supreme Court will  now hear petitions seeking a probe by the Central Bureau of Investigation, into the high profile Vyapam scam, on July 9. It may be recalled that the multi-crore scam in Madhya Pradesh is becoming murkier with each passing day and at least 48 people have died in the case. The four petitions filed in this regard included that of Congress leader Digvijaya Singh, and whistle blower Anand Rai.

Senior advocate Vivek Tankha said, “All cases related to Vyapam will be heard on July 9. There are four petitions related to Vyapam in the apex court. The Supreme Court needs to intervene for the trail of deaths to stop.”

The Congress termed the intervention of the apex court in the case as the beginning of justice. “The investigative arms reporting to the High Court are reporting to the Chief Minister, their hands are tied. We want the justice for those who have died,” said Congress spokesperson Tom Vadakkan.

The Congress is demanding a CBI probe into the case and said it does not have any faith in the Madhya Pradesh government. The Bharatiya Janata Party is firm on its position that only Supreme Court or High Court can decide on a CBI probe and it cannot overstep the court’s jurisdiction.

Recently, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh said, the probe by Special Investigation Team into Vyapam scam was being monitored by the Madhya Pradesh High Court and the government cannot direct the court to hand it over to the CBI.

Asked why the state government was avoiding a CBI probe into the massive recruitment/admission scam, Singh said the High Court and the apex court had already rejected a PIL in this regard. “There is no point in handing over the ongoing probe to CBI at this juncture,” he said. “If case someone tries to influence the probe, or if any incident takes place that affects the investigation, then I am sure that the court will take cognisance. “If the Supreme Court or the High Court feels that the probe is not perfect to the extent it should be, then it will give directions and the government will immediately accept it and hand over the matter to the CBI,” Singh said.

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