The Special Investigation Team (SIT) has decided not to go to Delhi to record statement of whistleblower Mr X, who claims to have the "original" excel sheets relating to the Madhya Pradesh Professional Examination Board (PEB) scam.
The SIT was also supposed to further question Congress leader Digvijaya Singh during its visit to Delhi.
Singh had recently submitted excel sheets to the SIT, which he presumably acquired from Mr X, claiming them to be “original” and said that the excel sheets available with the Special Task Force (STF) were manipulated.
SIT chief Justice Chandresh Bhushan told HT on Thursday that they have decided not to go to Delhi for investigation.
The decision comes after the SIT was reprimanded by the Madhya Pradesh High Court for going beyond its mandate, saying that it was a mere watchdog and whatever complaints, memos or other material it receives should be handed over to STF chief for investigation.
HC’s observation has made the SIT to withdraw itself from investigation and concentrate only on monitoring of the probe.
The STF is investigating the multi-layered admission and recruitment scam known as the PEB scam while the high court is monitoring the investigation.
While disposing of petitions seeking a CBI inquiry into the scam, the HC had constituted an SIT to "monitor" the investigation, giving an indication that those who don’t rely on the veracity of STF investigation could approach SIT with their grievances.
Chief Congress spokesperson KK Mishra had said in a press conference, following high court's observation on SIT's mandate that it has hurt all those who were hoping SIT to set right investigation into scam where it has gone wrong.
"We believe that the SIT is trying to save the real kingpins in the scam, but the high court has now said to give all the evidence to the STF for evaluation and investigation. If the SIT was not to have any role in the investigation, why it was named SIT?" he asked.