New Delhi: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Thursday claimed that the Supreme Court has in fact lauded the stand of the Shivraj Singh Chouhan-led Madhya Pradesh Government that all cases related to the Vyapam scam be handed over to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI).
"In fact, the learned Attorney General pointed out right in the beginning that we had made this application with the Madhya Pradesh High Court, we want a CBI inquiry, whether it is to be monitored or not by the court, that is a separate issue which may be seen later on," said BJP spokesperson Nalin Kohli.
"And, the court has transferred it and also on record in that sense appreciated the stand of the Attorney General which means the stand of the government in that sense that we have no problem with the CBI (probe), we want it transferred to the CBI," he added.
Kohli further said that the apex court's decision must be seen in totality.
"The original investigation was ordered by the Madhya Pradesh Government, by Shivraj Singh Chouhan ji's government because it was seen that there is something going wrong in this entire process that eventually came to be monitored directly by the High Court of Madhya Pradesh because it was transferred to the STF, the STF then came under the SIT which was functioning directly and reporting to the Madhya Pradesh High Court," said Kohli.
"Of late in the last few days, there was a perception being built up that perhaps something is happening and all and the Madhya Pradesh Government immediately on its own accord approached the High Court and said that we would like this transferred to the CBI. That matter parallely also came up in the Supreme Court, some people had put petitions and the honourable Supreme Court has today accepted that," he added.
BJP leader Sambit Patra echoing similar sentiments said the apex court has endorsed the demands of the Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister.
"None other than the Finance Minister of the country, Arun Jaitley, also said that we want a investigation of the highest order. Rajnath Singh, the Home Minister, also said that we cannot instruct the apex court, but we can request the apex court," he added.
The CBI will probe the Vyapam scam and more than 30 deaths allegedly linked to the job recruitment scandal, the apex court ruled today.
The apex court has sought the response of the CBI by July 24.
Chouhan had earlier requested the Madhya Pradesh High Court to order a CBI probe into the scam. The Madhya Pradesh High Court yesterday refused to hear the state government's plea for a CBI probe and deferred the matter till July 20 citing pendency of a similar plea in the Supreme Court.
As many as 46 people associated with the scam as accused or witnesses have died under mysterious circumstances, according to reports.