Vyapam: Digvjjaya writes to CBI chief, demands action against CM over 'tampered evidence'

  • Ashutosh Shukla, Hindustan Times, Bhopal
  • Updated: Aug 16, 2015 22:03 IST

In a letter submitted to the CBI director on August 13, senior Congress leader Digvjjaya Singh has reiterated that an offence under section 201 and 120 (b) of the IPC should be registered against MP chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan and officials who may be responsible for the destroying or tampering with evidence in the Vyapam scam.

Singh, who had been pursuing the Special Task Force (STF) and Special Investigation Team (SIT) for the purpose said, "The STF and SIT responsible for proper investigation turned a blind eye to the material provided by the whistleblower and the Truth Lab report to substantiate the charge."

Backed by Digvjjaya Singh, whistleblower Prashant Pandey had submitted in the Delhi high court an excel sheet file in a pen drive which he claimed to be "original". The file reportedly had the CM's name appearing 48 times as the person who recommended candidates for selection, with the Truth Lab verifying his claim that the "original" excel sheet was tampered with, and the CM's name either deleted or replaced by "Uma Bharti ji" or "Raj Bhavan", "M/s" or "Minister".

"The report of the Truth Lab was not considered by the investigating agency. Surprisingly, whilst the tampered excel sheet -- which is part of the charge sheet filed by the STF -- is without a hash value, doesn't indicate the original hard disk, also shows no seizure of laptop and fabricated elements of data. Yet, the STF was willing, without hearing either the undersigned or the Truth Lab or the whistleblower, to give a statement on tampering and give a clean chit to Shivraj Singh Chouhan," said Digvjjaya.

He further said "I expect the CBI to do a fair investigation in this matter. This is the trust reposed by the Supreme Court upon this agency. It would only be appropriate and proper for the CBI to investigate this part of the scam first as it concerns the commencement of flawed investigation by the police agencies to protect the chief minister. We expect everyone who is guilty -- be it the chief minister or officials of the investigating agency -- to be taken to task for obfuscating justice, for misleading courts, destroying and tampering with evidence, with the sole intention to save and protect the chief minister."

He further urged the CBI director to consider whether students and their parents charged in the scam could be treated as victims and made an approver for the prosecution.

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