The Supreme Court on Friday gave the CBI a week to specify the time by which the agency will take over the entire investigation into the Vyapam examination scam so that the issue of monitoring the probe could be decided.
A bench headed by Chief Justice of India H L Dattu extended an interim order directing the state police to file reports before it until the central agency takes up the inquiry into the scandal with powerful politicians, bureaucrats, doctors and businessmen suspected to be involved in a booming test-rigging racket.
“We want to know by what time you (CBI) will take over the investigation which is in the hands of SIT/STF of Madhya Pradesh and we have to take a decision that should we monitor or ask somebody else to monitor and what aspect is needed to be monitored,” the SC said while posting the matter for July 31.
It also asked additional solicitor general Maninder Singh to let the court know when and how many counsel would be appointed to represent the CBI in Vyapam cases.
The top court handed over the probe to the CBI this month after more than 40 accused, beneficiaries, whistle-blowers and witnesses died mysteriously.
At least 2,800 people have been arrested and hundreds are wanted in the scandal with multiple rackets helping candidates manoeuvre the exams for money, including employing imposters to write test papers, manipulating seating arrangements and supplying forged answer sheets.
Senior advocates Kapil Sibal and Vivek Tankha, representing Congress leader Digvijaya Singh who has sought an apex court-monitored CBI probe into the cases, submitted that an amicus curiae be assigned to assist the court in the matter.