Bhopal: Court to decide SIT’s future, says former judge who monitored Vyapam scam probe
The future of a special investigation team (SIT) which monitored a police task force’s probe into the Vyapam scam will be decided by the courts, the top man in the panel said on Monday.bhopal Updated: Jul 13, 2015 21:57 IST
The future of a special investigation team (SIT) which monitored a police task force’s probe into the Vyapam scam will be decided by the courts, the top man in the panel said on Monday.
The comment by SIT chairman justice Chandresh Bhushan came on a day the CBI took over the investigations into the massive scam involving rigging of examinations for medical courses and government jobs besides the mysterious death of several people linked to the scandal.
The Supreme Court last week asked the CBI to take charge of the investigations following a plea by the BJP government led by chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan.
The opposition Congress and whistleblowers too had petitioned the apex court seeking a probe by the central agency into what has emerged as the state’s biggest scam so far.
"As of now, we are dysfunctional because the STF is not probing the Vyapam scam anymore. But we were created by the Madhya Pradesh high court and it will decide our future," Bhushan told the Hindustan Times when asked about the SIT’s future.
The high court had formed the SIT last year to monitor’s the STF’s investigations amidst growing allegations of bias by the force.
When asked whether it the high court which will take a call on its future or the apex court, Bhushan added, “Any of the two”.
Stating that he never had any grudge against the STF’s investigation, Bhushan also took a philosophical view of the developments saying, “We were working for the high court. There is nothing I regret nor was there anything to please me.”
He, however, refused to answer a query on the Congress’ allegations that the STF had refused to lodge an FIR against union minister Uma Bharti despite the SIT’s directive.
“I will not reply on anything that I asked STF to do. It’s between the SIT and STF and then between SIT and the high court.”
Bhushan’s deputy in the SIT, Vijay Raman – a former director general of the Border Security Force (BSF) – has hinted at a goof up by the Indore police which had first probed the scam.
Raman, who has been quoted in reports as saying that there was something amiss in the probe, said on Monday that he was referring to a period before the STF took over the probe.
Senior Congress leader Digvjaya Singh and whistleblower Prashant Pandey have accused Indore police of “destroying and distorting evidence to shield the chief minister.”
First Published: Jul 13, 2015 21:51 IST