MP Vyapam scam: Ashish deposes before CBI

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Bhopal
  • Updated: Oct 23, 2015 21:24 IST
Vyapam whistleblower Ashish Chaturvedi (centre) attends RSS path-sanchalan in Gwalior on Thursday. He deposed before CBI in Gwalior on Friday. (HT photo)

Vyapam scam whistleblower Ashish Chaturvedi appeared before a CBI team on Friday in Gwalior for deposition in connection with the scam. During over two hours of questioning, Ashish was asked questions by the CBI team led by deputy superintendent of police (DSP), CBI, Ajayab Singh.

Most of the questions asked were related to the seat cancellation scam in private medical colleges, which Ashish had exposed in 2011, two years before the Vyapam scam broke out in 2013.

The seat cancellation scam relates to candidates appearing in Pre-medical test (PMT) -- many of them already medical college students -- on the behalf of private medical colleges.

These candidates used to opt for government seats (50% of the total seats) after clearing the exam and at the last minute, they used to relinquish the seat, thereby allowing the private medical colleges to convert those seats into private college quota seats and sell them off.

Talking to HT after deposing before the CBI, Ashish said if the CBI listened to him, several more powerful persons, who have not even been interrogated in connection with the scam so far, would come under their scanner.

Ashish, who was served notice for appearance before the CBI on Thursday, also submitted an application to CBI team during his deposition, asking the investigating agency to inform him two weeks in advance before summoning him, specify the case number on which he will be questioned and information about the case.

“We also need time to prepare our case before presenting ourselves before the CBI or a court for deposition. I have made this request to the CBI and their response seemed to be favourable.”

Prashant couldn’t make it to Delhi

On the other hand, another Vyapam scam whistleblower Prashant Pandey, who had accused the Indore police of tampering with the hard disk recovered from Vyapam’s erstwhile principal system analyst and key Vyapam scam accused Nitin Mahindra, was also asked to appear for questioning before the CBI in Delhi.

However, he couldn’t make it to Delhi because he had to perform funeral rituals for his grandmother, who was hurt in a road accident and later died.

Prashant has charged that the accident was ‘engineered’ to get him killed but he escaped as he was not in the same vehicle.

Talking to HT, Prashant said, “I had mailed them about my inability to reach Delhi and had talks with Mr Sridharan as well”, he said. Prashant said he is likely to be summoned by the CBI in the first week of November now.

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