The Supreme Court will on Thursday take up pleas, including one by Congress leader Digvijiya Singh, for a CBI probe into the Vyapam scam.
Singh and the three whistleblowers -- Ashish Chaturvedi, Anand Rai and Prashant Pandey -- have demanded an SC-monitored CBI probe, saying they have no faith in the state agency Special Task Force that is probing the scam.
The Madhya Pradesh high court had on Wednesday deferred till July 20, hearing on a Madhya Pradesh government's plea for a probe by the central agency citing the matter was slated to come up in Supreme Court.
The state government application had come up in the high court during the hearing on the monitoring of Special Task Force (STF) investigation into the scam.
In an interview with HT, Madhya Pradesh chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan had said that the state government will move the Supreme Court if the high court rejects a plea for a CBI probe into a multi-crore exam-rigging scandal that has ruined the state’s reputation.
"We will pray in the Supreme Court that there be a CBI investigation. If and when we have to go to the SC, this will be the government stand," the embattled CM said, hoping a CBI investigation would clear perceptions of a cover-up.
“I have pride in my party, the party is standing behind me. There is no question of no support,” he said.
Chouhan blamed the Congress, especially former CM Digvijaya Singh, for creating a negative perception of the state.