Home minister Rajnath Singh said on Monday there would be no CBI investigation into the Vyapam scam until a court directed the central investigating agency to look into the examination and recruitment scandal that is dogging Madhya Pradesh chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan's third term.
"An SIT (Special Investigation Team) is investigating this, and the SIT is not working under the Madhya Pradesh government, but under the HC's supervision," Singh said hours after meeting Chouhan, who briefed the home minister about the status of the case.
"Our Opposition is making an issue out of a non-issue. The matter should not be politicised," Singh said.
"If the Supreme Court and the high court feel the SIT is not investigating the case properly and that a CBI inquiry must be initiated, the MP government would be ready for it," he added. "A PIL was filed demanding a CBI probe into the Vyapam scam and it was clearly rejected by both the HC and the SC," the home minister said.
The Bharatiya Janata Party accused the Congress of playing politics over "dead bodies" and maintained that only the high court can refer the investigation into the Vyapam scam to the CBI.
In the past three days, there have been three deaths of people linked with the Vyapam scam.
Anamika Kushwaha, a trainee police sub-inspector at the police training centre at Sagar, jumped to her death in a nearby pond early on Monday.
On Sunday, Arun Sharma, the dean of a medical college in Jabalpur in Madhya Pradesh who was connected with the scam probe, was found dead in a hotel room near the Indira Gandhi International Airport in Delhi.
On Saturday, journalist Akshay Singh, died dramatically in Madhya Pradesh while covering the Vyapam scam.
There are conflicting numbers about mystery deaths related to the Vyapam scam. While the Congress puts the number at 48, the Special Investigation Team's figure is 33.
The scam is related to irregularities in recruitment conducted by Vyavsayik Pareeksha Mandal (Vyapam) and apparently involves politicians, officials and businessmen.