MP Vyapam scam: Whistleblowers lament ‘slow pace’ of CBI probe
As many as 100 days have elapsed since the CBI had taken up investigation in the MP Vyapam scam, but the whistleblowers feel that the probe hasn’t gathered steam.bhopal Updated: Oct 22, 2015 12:35 IST
As many as 100 days have elapsed since the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) had taken up investigation in the Vyapam scam, but the whistleblowers feel that the probe hasn’t gathered steam and expressed disappointment over the pace of investigation so far.
Also, the fact that no one has been arrested after CBI took up probe, seems to have dejected them.
Besides all cases related to the scam, related to rigging of recruitment examinations and entrance tests to professional medical colleges held between 2004 and 2012, the CBI is also probing several mysterious deaths linked to the scandal.
“When the central agency took up the Vyapam scam investigation, we were hopeful that the probe would pick up pace but they have simply copy-pasted the FIRs registered by the special task force (STF) earlier,” said Ajay Dubey, a Bhopal-based whistleblower.
“They are yet to call a single high-profile person linked to the scam for quizzing. The complaints about certain STF officials’ alleged involvement in corruption haven’t been investigated. Further, the high court-appointed SIT and STF have lot of documents and evidence, which should have been examined but this hasn’t happened,” he said.
Former legislator Paras Saklecha also shared the sentiment and felt that the CBI should speed up its investigation.
“If the investigation had to be conducted on the lines of probe made by STF earlier, then why would people demand a CBI probe,” he said.
“Not a single person has been arrested in the last 100 days and those who were earlier arrested, are getting released on bail,” Saklecha rued.
CBI sources said that given the nature of the cases, it required time and elaborate work.
“We have registered cases, conducted raids and also sent evidence to a Hyderabad lab for examination,” said an official associated with the CBI team probing the investigation.
“The CBI is not always focusing on arrests, unlike state police,” he added.
Prashant to be quizzed
The CBI, which is probing into the multi-layered Vyapam scam, has called whistleblower and cyber expert Prashant Pandey for questioning at its Delhi office on Friday.
The CBI has called him to question about the evidence regarding the hard disks that were recovered from former principal systems’ analyst Nitin Mahindra’s computer, said sources. The hard disks were allegedly tampered later when they were in MP police’ custody.
There are also allegations that MP police didn’t record hash value of the files during seizure, which is against the norms.
The ‘excel sheets’ containing the names of persons who recommended candidates for selection were allegedly changed. He has claimed that he has the original excel sheets.
Pandey, 36, earlier assisted MP police, before he fell out with them. Subsequently, a case was registered against him, in an alleged attempt to frame him at Bhopal.
Due to the threat to his life, he has been living in Delhi. Pandey has been called to the CBI office at Lodhi road in Delhi on October 23. A notice issued to him, which is in possession of HT, says that the CBI has called him “for the purpose of answering certain questions relating to the case”.