Vyapam scam: Take all cases from STF, SIT in three weeks, SC to CBI

The Supreme Court on Friday gave six weeks time to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to appoint prosecutors in connection with its ongoing probe into the multi-crore Vyapam recruitment scam in Madhya Pradesh.

Updated: Jul 31, 2015, 14:33 PM IST
Vyapam scam: Take all cases from STF, SIT in three weeks, SC to CBI

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Friday gave six weeks time to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to appoint prosecutors in connection with its ongoing probe into the multi-crore Vyapam recruitment scam in Madhya Pradesh.

According to ANI, the apex court also gave 3 weeks to the central probe agency to takeover all Vyapam scam cases.

The SC ruling came in response to the submission made by the CBI's lawyer in connection with the case. The CBI lawyer told the apex court that CBI lawyer tells SC at least five courts in Bhopal will be notified as special CBI courts. The CBI is planning to start 20 more such courts in other districts of the state.

The CBI had yesterday registered its 18th FIR in connection with its ongoing probe in the Vyapam scam in Madhya Pradesh.

The first information report (FIR) was registered against 64 people related to the alleged illegalities committed in the police constable recruitment examination conducted by Vyapam in 2013.

The FIR was registered under charges of cheating, criminal conspiracy, and under the IT Act, Prevention of Corruption Act and the Madhya Pradesh Recognised Examination Act.

It includes the name of then controller of examinations Pankaj Trivedi, then system analyst Nitin Mohindra, then senior system analyst Ajay Kumar Sen, then officer on special duty (OSD) Raj Bhavan Dhanraj Yadav and then OSD to the minister for technical education Om Prakash Shukla.

The Central Bureau of Investigation has already registered 17 FIRs and launched 10 preliminary inquiries into the scam in the Vyavsayik Pariksha Mandal (Vyapam) - or the Madhya Pradesh Professional Examination Board (MPPEB).

The Supreme Court on July 9 handed over the Vyapam cases to the central agency for investigation. More than 40 people linked with the scam have died under mysterious circumstances.

Congress leader Digvijaya Singh, Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader Kumar Vishwas and whistleblowers in the multi-crore scam have also filed petitions calling for a swift probe in the case.