More than 12 tonnes of document related to the Vyapam scandal have to be handed over to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) which has taken over probe into the multi-layered scam, officials said on Sunday.
The special task force (SFT), which was earlier looking into the scam in the Madhya Pradesh Vyavsayik Pareeksha Mandal or Vyapam, will transport the documents to the CBI team from Delhi at its newly set-up office in Bhopal, a source in the STF said.
The documents, including charge sheets, statements of the accused, victims, witnesses and others linked to the scandal and case diaries that run into thousands of pages will be handed over to the CBI team, an STF official, who spoke on condition of anonymity as he was not permitted to speak to the media, told Hindustan Times.
"For almost two years we investigated these cases. The cases are complex and involve hundreds of people, whose testimonies are included along with documents of the investigation, and reports of the forensics and PEB officials. Now all these (documents) have to be handed over to the CBI," he said.
"When we would submit charge sheets, we often took them in a truck to the court as they were too bulky and copies had to be given to all the accused."
The documents will now be examined by the CBI officials investigating the case, he said. “The case diary of the STF investigation in the pre-medical test (PMT) examination scam 2013 runs into a whopping 1 lakh pages while the case diary in the PMT 2012 has 80,000 pages. The challans have been submitted in dozens of cases, most of them have more than 5,000 pages.
“The supplementary charge sheets were also filed. The STF had registered 55 cases of rigging in the examination and recruitment tests conducted by the Professional Examination Board (PEB) or Vyapam.”
Of these cases, charge sheets were submitted for 28 cases before the central investigating agency took over the probe, he added.
Though the CBI has a local office in Bhopal, it has been allocated a bungalow in the posh Professor's Colony to run its operation.
"The officers have barely settled in. It will take time to understand the nature of all the cases. We will start examining documents as this will help us understand the extent of STF probe and how further we have to go," said a CBI source.
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