New Delhi: In an important development, the Supreme Court on Tuesday agreed to hear on July 9 a petition filed by senior Congress leader Digvijay Singh seeking a court-monitored CBI probe into Madhya Pradesh’s multi-crore Vyapam scam, in which more than two dozen accused and witnesses have died under mysterious circumstances.
Singh had earlier alleged complicity of Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan in the Madhya Pradesh Professional Examination Board (MPPEB) scam, also called the Vyapam scam.
In his petition, Singh had asked the apex court to quash an order by the Madhya Pradesh High Court and a report by the Special Investigation Team which had dubbed the evidence provided by him as “fabricated and forged”.
Singh said the HC and SIT had tarnished his image and the Supreme Court should safeguard his “right to reputation”.
The petition stated that a whistleblower had produced incriminating material on alleged tampering of evidence by the Indore police to benefit Chouhan.
Speaking to reporters, Singh had said that the SIT has expressed its helplessness in the matter, given the magnitude and alleged involvement of top officials of the police, civil services and judiciary as well as BJP and RSS leaders.
Meanwhile, the Supreme Court is also due to hear a bunch of PILs related to the Vyapam scam on Thursday (July 9), including one seeking removal of Madhya Pradesh Governor Ram Naresh Yadav.
Some petitions are also seeking a court-monitored independent investigation but Home Minister Rajnath Singh said until the court orders, the government will not order a CBI probe.
So far, over 40 people, both accused and witnesses, have died under mysterious circumstances.
A three-judge bench presided by Chief Justice HL Dattu fixed the matter for hearing on July 9, after a counsel urged the court for early listing of the special leave petition filed by whistleblower Dr Sanjay Shukla and others challenging the May 5 Madhya Pradesh (MP) High Court order, quashing an FIR against the Governor.