Supreme Court gives CBI 3 weeks to take over Vyapam cases

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Aug 01, 2015 01:20 IST

The Supreme Court on Friday expressed its dissatisfaction over the CBI’s inability to take over the probe in all Vyapam cases and said it would order the government to fill the vacancies in the department if that was the cause behind the delay.

“Our order is of July 9 and you had to take over the investigation on July 13. Twenty days have already done and you are yet to start investigating,” a bench headed by Chief Justice HL Dattu told solicitor general Ranjit Kumar, who then asked the court to grant him three more weeks.

The bench posted the hearing of a PIL filed by Congress leader Digvijay Singh to August 24.

When the SG said the CBI was short on manpower, the Chief Justice of India asked the attorney general Mukul Rohatgi to appear on August 7. Kumar also requested the court to direct the Madhya Pradesh high court to earmark five of the 20 recently notified special CBI courts to hear Vyapam cases exclusively. The court gave the CBI six weeks time to appoint its lawyers to pursue the cases in the trial courts.

In a separate petition, it has also issued notices to state governor Ram Naresh Yadav on a plea challenging the HC’s decision to quash an FIR against the governor’s alleged involvement in the scandal.

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