Vyapam: SC to hear CBI plea to allow SIT chargesheets on July 20

  • PTI, New Delhi
  • Updated: Jul 16, 2015 13:23 IST
CBI faces a daunting task of unravelling a corruption scandal that went on for years, leaving a trail of thousands of suspects – including some top elected representatives – with hordes of tell-tale evidence requiring thorough scrutiny. (HT Photo)

The Supreme Court on Thursday agreed to hear CBI's plea on Monday, which wants the Special Investigation Team (SIT) to be allowed to file chargesheets in the Vyapam scam cases for which the investigation was over.

A three-judge bench, headed by Chief Justice HL Dattu, fixed the plea of the probe agency for hearing on July 20 and asked CBI to serve the copy of the application to the parties concerned.

Additional solicitor general (ASG) Maninder Singh, appearing for CBI, said that the transfer of more than 185 Vyapam scam cases from SIT to CBI will take time and the state investigating agency be allowed to file charge sheets in the cases in which the probe is complete.

"Otherwise, the accused will get statutory bail on account of default of non-filing of chargesheets within stipulated time period," the ASG said.

On July 9, the Supreme Court had ordered transfer of the probe into all Vyapam cases and the deaths allegedly linked to the scam to CBI.

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The apex court had passed the order while hearing a batch of petitions, including the one filed by senior Congress leader Digvijay Singh seeking apex court-monitored CBI probe into all cases arising out of the Vyapam scam.

While passing the order, the apex court had also taken on record the submission of the Madhya Pradesh government that it had no objection on transferring the investigation of cases related to the scam to CBI.

Congress has alleged that around 49 persons linked to the Vyapam scam have died under mysterious circumstances, a charge refuted by the state government. The official figure is around 25 which the state government says includes suicides, accidents and some other unnatural deaths.

The multi-crore rupee professional examination scam involves several high-profile professionals, politicians and bureaucrats as accused.

The alleged scam also involves MPPEB, which holds examinations for various posts, such as that of teachers, medical officers, constables and forest guards.


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