CBI summons UP tea vendor to depose in MP’s Vyapam scam

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Kanpur
  • Updated: Jan 10, 2016 18:35 IST
CBI has asked Raju to record his statement about a medical student Surendra Taurolia, an accused in the case. (File photo)

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) team, probing the Madhya Pradesh’s Vyapam scam, has issued summon to Raju, who sells tea on the street opposite to the Kanpur’s GSVM Medical College.

The ‘diktat’ obviously has flummoxed Raju, who is yet to figure out the reasons behind the premier investigating agency’s move.

Raju had been selling tea outside GSVM College for last 20 years. He is expected to appear in the special CBI court in Sagar, Madhya Pradesh, on January 13.

Sources said the CBI has asked him to record his statement about a medical student Surendra Taurolia, an accused in the case.

“I don’t know anyone with this name; what I am going to tell about him to the court,” said Raju. “I just sell tea, people come here, have their tea and go,” he said.

A special messenger from Madhya Pradesh, a police constable, served the CBI’s summon to him on Thursday evening.

Raju was at his rented tea-stall near the LLR hospital OPD gate when summon was handed over to him.

He began asking the constable about the crime for which he was being asked to appear for.

“I have never been to Madhya Pradesh nor do I know about the student the constable told me about. My problem is who is this student? Why I am summoned?” he said.

Before the CBI took over the case, the MP-Special Investigation Team (SIT) and Special Task Force (STF) had arrested 19 medical students of GSVM medical college and serve notices on 52 others.

The medical students were asked to appear before STF for questioning. Since they didn’t appear, the STF put posters inside medical college at hostels and other places declaring them wanted.

The CBI, on its part, has asked the medical college administration to provide the records of 1,330 medical students enrolled between 2007 and 2014. All the records have to be provided in digital format along with their affidavits furnished at the time of admission.

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