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7 Vyapam accused summoned under wrong section by CBI, get bail

The CBI had summoned 88 people of the 490 accused under wrong Section 160 of CrPC, which empowers an investigating officer to summon people for recording statement at the office.

bhopal Updated: Oct 31, 2017 23:16 IST
Shruti Tomar
Shruti Tomar
Hindustan Times, Bhopal
‪‪Vyapam scam‬,‪Central Bureau of Investigation‬,‪Shivraj Singh Chouhan‬
The Madhya Pradesh Professional examination board (Vyapam) building in Bhopal.(HT File Photo)

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) that submitted chargesheet against 490 people in the alleged irregularities in the PMT 2013 examination conducted by Vyapam suffered a major embarrassment on Tuesday. The court granted bail to all the seven accused who were arrested as the agency had summoned them under a wrong section of the Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC).

Advocate Gopesh Shikkewal told HT that the CBI had demanded that the accused be sent to jail, but the court agreed with the defense since all of them were summoned under a wrong CrPC section and deserved bail.

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The CBI had summoned 88 people out of the 490 accused under Section 160 of CrPC, which empowers an investigating officer to summon people for recording statement at the office. However, when the accused reached the CBI office in Bhopal, they were told to come to the court.

“In the court, the accused were told that a supplementary charge sheet was being filed. This meant that the accused would have been arrested and it was not certain whether bail would be granted or not. When the accused realised this, many of them ran away from the court premises,” said advocate Dinesh Tiwari who is representing 300 persons in the Vyapam case.

The CBI then demanded that all those who fled should be declared as absconders under Section 224 of IPC, but the court refused when the defense argued that they were not summoned under Section 170 of CrPC.

The court gave 15 days time to other accused to file for their bail.

First Published: Oct 31, 2017 23:16 IST