Just when the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) took over the probe into the Vyapam scam, a different kind of probe is going on in the state’s power corridors these days.
The officials close to Shivraj Singh Chouhan are looking into all the evidence that may go against the chief minister, in a bid to help him prepare his defence before the CBI reviews the alleged proofs, official sources said.
There have been a slew of phone calls among these officials, exchange and review of various documents, correction of factual mistakes in the documents, seeking of legal opinions etc, the sources said.
Chouhan is facing attacks from the Opposition as majority of ‘tainted’ examinations were conducted by the MPPEB during his tenure.
The pieces of evidence that can trouble Chouhan include mention of ‘CM’ in excel sheets, alleged appointments of certain people from Gondia, the hometown of his wife Sadhna Singh, certain phone calls and SMSes from the CM House, and deaths of several Vyapam scam accused and witnesses.
Talking to the HT on the condition of anonymity, a senior official said the excel sheet had already been dubbed as forged by the high court. “None of the courts would make such a comment without any concrete proof. Hence we are sure that the excel sheet which has the mention of CM's designation is completely bogus,” he said.
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Even otherwise, he said, the whistleblower who claimed to have retrieved the excel sheet from the MPPEB computers was at some other location outside Bhopal on those dates when he claimed he was taken to the Board office to retrieve the documents. There was clinching evidence that he was not present at the Board office on those dates, he added.
Another evidence to be used against the whistleblower is the conversation between him and the police control room in Indore after he met with an accident. According to an audio tape the whistleblower reportedly told the police control room that he hit a cow on the road while driving whereas in his complaint later he alleged there was an attempt on his life.
The official said the scam racket was so well organised that it was not possible for the CM to get a whiff of it before the FIR was lodged on July 7, 2013. The CM, he said, was for a comprehensive probe into the scam once he came to know about this and he didn't even spare once his ministerial colleague. His personal assistant Prem Chandra Prasad was also made an accused in the scam.
Regarding the deaths of the scam accused, witnesses and others, said the official, nobody had raised a finger against the CM.