'CBI must try Vyapam accused officials under anti-graft act too'
The Central Bureau of Investigation probing the Vyapam scam should also prosecute all accused officials under the Prevention of Corruption Act, whistleblower Ajay Dubey wrote to the CBI on Tuesday.Updated: Aug 27, 2015 01:18 IST
The Central Bureau of Investigation probing the Vyapam scam should also prosecute all accused officials under the Prevention of Corruption Act, whistleblower Ajay Dubey wrote to the CBI on Tuesday.
So far the accused have been charged with fraud and related criminal offences, he said, referring to a case in which Rs 12 lakh was recovered from former assistant programmer of Vyapam CK Mishra's table on Monday.
He said the case only reflected corrupt practices followed by such officials, but none of the Vyapam scam accused has been charged under the Prevention of Corruption Act.
Dubey submitted his application to CBI joint director RP Agrawal, who is heading the probe team.
He also pointed out that R12 lakh seizure reflected how non-seriously the STF had gone ahead with the scam investigation. The STF team had raided the Vyapam office, but it didn't care to look for relevant documents and other materials, including cash in the office, which could have strengthened the prosecution case, he alleged.
Dubey demanded action against retired top officials appointed observers by Vyapam for different examinations, as whose ignorance about the scam was suspect.
Earlier, former Special Investigation Team (SIT) member Vijay Raman had also suggested that the accountability of such officials should be fixed for their apparent complicity in allowing the scam to take place.
Dubey said the STF, instead of probing the disappearance of the entire footage of CCTV cameras installed in the Vyapam headquarters in 2008, allowed Vyapam chairman M M Upadhyay to install new cameras on the latter’s plea that the old cameras had been losing footage due to excessive rainfall in Bhopal.
Dubey charged the STF chief with sitting over 1200-odd complaints and demanded that they be transferred to the CBI as well.
Stating that the transport constable recruitment test 2012 was one of the worst-rigged exams, Dubey said that the top brass of the transport department had appointed 317 transport constables against the advertised posts of 198.
He alleged that the finance department had raised an objection to this, but it was forced to change its opinion by the transport department officials.
He alleged that former principal system analyst of Vyapam Nitin Mahindra had confided in the STF team some sensitive information about the transport constable recruitment scam. But, it didn't act on them in an alleged bid to 'shield' the influential persons, he said.
First Published: Aug 25, 2015 21:50 IST