Bhopal: CBI probe in Vyapam scam yet to pick up pace

  • Shams Ur Rehman Alavi, Hindustan Times, Bhopal
  • Updated: Sep 17, 2015 15:55 IST

Two months after it was handed over the probe into the Vyapam scam, the central bureau of investigation (CBI) continues to register the cases but the investigation is yet to pick up speed.

It was on July 9, that the Supreme Court had asked CBI to take over the probe into the multi-layered scam, and a couple of days later, CBI officials had landed in Bhopal to begin probe.

So far the CBI has registered 103 cases in connection with the scam. These are the cases registered by the special task force (STF) of the MP police, and the special investigation teams (SITs) at the district level which were assisting the STF.

However, even most of the cases haven't been taken up as yet. Apart from the cases pertaining to rigging in exam, the CBI has also registered 14 preliminary inquiries (PEs) about 22 suspicious deaths that are allegedly linked to the scam.

These include suspects, beneficiaries including students and racketeers, besides a journalist (Akshay Singh). "In all, around 200 cases are to be taken up. We are registering them step by step", said a CBI official, requesting anonymity.

"In the case of Namrata Damor, documents have been examined and statement of her father has been recorded", he added. Clearly, the CBI's registration of cases is far from over, as many cases are yet to be registered.

Further, it is yet to begin investigation and the CBI teams haven't hit the ground till now in a big way. Insiders say that it is a long road ahead, as CBI has yet to begin investigation of individual cases, recording statements and questioning suspects.

"The CBI is at the doorstep of the Vyapam maze, it is yet to step in. It seems they are doing ground work and study before embarking on the long-drawn probe", said an STF official.

"They have hired lawyers, sought help from local police in districts and are collecting documents from Vyapam. It is a very complex and wide scam. The CBI is doing it professional, in their own way", the officer added.

What CBI has done so far

*Registered cases in connection with Vyapam scam.

*Documents obtained from STF and Vyapam office.

*Agency hired lawyers for pursuing cases in courts across state

*Preliminary inquiries (PEs) registered into suspicious deaths

*Statement of Namrata Damor's father registered

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