A Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) team, probing the multi-crore Vyapam scam in Bhopal, is compelled to rely on hired commercial vehicles in absence of own drivers, who could drive its fleet of 13 SUVs.
It has been around four months since the CBI requested the Madhya Pradesh Police to give the probe agency drivers and support staff on deputation.
The drivers could bring CBI’s 13 SUVs to Bhopal from New Delhi for the committed team of sleuths probing the scam on the directive of the Supreme Court.
According to sources in CBI, the police have already rendered them a list of around 25 constables and head constables who can be attached to the CBI Vyapam office on deputation as drivers and other support staff, but few of them are full-time drivers.
Names of the constables and head constables, who hold four wheeler driving license, have been suggested to the CBI, but some of them have been rejected by the probe agency citing their patchy track record.
The CBI officials in Bhopal have already interviewed many of these constables and head constables for being drafted on deputation at CBI Vyapam Bhopal office, but it’s still not clear whether the central agency will finally decide on their names or not.
In the wake of a recent threat to CBI inspector Harish Goyal, part of the team probing Vyapam cases in Gwalior, the CBI wants to maintain more secrecy in its operations, which is not possible while travelling in hired vehicles.
With the agency now gradually moving towards investigating cases pertaining to high profile accused, maintaining secrecy in operations, particularly about movement of CBI sleuths across the state assumes more significance.
Highly placed sources in state police headquarters told Hindustan Times that the CBI had sought drivers and support staff for its team in July.
A list of 20-25 constables and head constables, who have been driving police vehicles over the years, was submitted to the CBI higher ups in Bhopal along with their service records. It’s now up to the CBI to decide who among these cops are to be taken on deputation as drivers and support staff, the sources said.
Already 20-odd police constables and head constables were attached to CBI’s Vyapam probe team in Bhopal since July 2015.
The Professional Examination Board (PEB) fraud — also known as the Vyapam scam from the board’s Hindi acronym — involved multiple rackets that helped candidates rig the examinations for money, including employing imposters to write test papers, manipulating sitting arrangements as well as supplying forged answer sheets.