CBI will seek lie test for 20 accused in Vyapam scam
The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) will seek courts’ permission for lie-detector test on around 20 more accused in the multi-layered exam-rigging scandal in Madhya Pradesh, sources in the agency have revealed.bhopal Updated: Oct 29, 2016 08:08 IST
The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) will seek courts’ permission for lie-detector test on around 20 more accused in the multi-layered exam-rigging scandal in Madhya Pradesh, sources in the agency have revealed.
The scientific examination, officially called polygraph test, is likely to be carried out post Diwali after permission from the trial courts, the sources added. The CBI was in the process of acquiring the consent of the accused, mandatory for carrying out such tests.
Around 40 accused have been subjected to lie-detector tests since the CBI last year took over probe into more than 150 cases in the scandal commonly known as the Vyapam scam, the Hindi acronym for the Madhya Pradesh Professional Examination Board (MPPEB).
The scam saw candidates rig recruitment examinations for government jobs and entrance tests to professional medical colleges between 2004 and 2013. Touts manipulated seating arrangements of candidates, provided forged answer sheets and even arranged proxy candidates to write the exams for huge sums of money.
Around 2,000 people are accused in the scam cases.
The sources said clearance for seeking fresh court permission for the test, either in Delhi or Bhopal, was given by the CBI director Anil Kumar Sinha, who took stock of the investigation on Monday.
The 20-odd accused are allegedly changing their statements or giving contradictory versions during grilling by CBI sleuths over the past few weeks, the sources added. Most of these accused are said to be middlemen, impersonators and beneficiary candidates in the MP Pre Medical Test (MPPMT) examination-related fraud cases between 2008 and 2013.
The earlier polygraph tests were conducted mostly by experts from the Central Forensic Science Lab (CFSL) in New Delhi. While most of the tests have been conducted in Delhi or by experts from the capital, efforts are on to conduct the tests in Bhopal due to the bulk of cases and large number of accused in these cases.
The list of accused in the scam – seen as a rare administrative blot on the BJP-led government led by Shivraj Singh Chouhan – include political leaders, businessmen and government officials besides hundreds of students.