Vyapam scam: In SC order on probe, CM claims ‘triumph of truth’
Hours after the Supreme Court ruled that it won’t monitor the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) probe into the alleged Vyapam scam after the premier investigation agency submitted before it (SC) that there was no tampering in the Vyapam hard disc, Madhya Pradesh chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan termed it as the triumph of truth.bhopal Updated: Dec 16, 2016 10:04 IST
Hours after the Supreme Court ruled that it won’t monitor the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) probe into the alleged Vyapam scam after the premier investigation agency submitted before it (SC) that there was no tampering in the Vyapam hard disc, Madhya Pradesh chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan termed it as the triumph of truth.
The opposition Congress, which has been consistently attacking the CM over this multi-crore scam, however accused the ruling BJP of misleading people over Thursday’s development in the apex court. “The petition by former CM Digvijaya Singh has been disposed by the apex court by observing that it won’t monitor the CBI probe but it also directed the premier investigation agency to complete the probe in remaining matters in three months,” said state Congress spokesperson KK Mishra, questioning the CBI’s submissions about the hard disc tampering when the forensic report was submitted in a sealed envelope.
“I’ve come to know about this recent development just now. It signifies that the truth has ultimately prevailed,” said the CM.
“Allegations were leveled against me and my family was also dragged into this matter. But all allegations have turned out to be false,” added Chouhan.
“My entire life is transparent and I knew the truth will prevail one day. My government always advocated for fair investigations into the matter but still my and my family’s names were dragged into the episode,” he said.
The Vyapam scam is an admission and recruitment scam involving politicians, senior officials and businessmen in Madhya Pradesh.
As the CM’s words trickled down to the ground, BJP workers started celebrating the development by bursting crackers outside the state party office amid the presence of several leaders including minister Vishwas Sarang and legislator Rameshwar Sharma.
Meanwhile, state police services officer Dilip Soni, whose team had seized the hard disc from senior Vyapam officer Nitin Mohindra in 2013, termed the development in the apex court as an affirmative seal on fair investigations done by his team in the case.
Currently posted as the SP Lokayukta special police establishment in Ujjain, Soni headed the crime branch in Indore which busted the MP pre-medical test 2013 scam (first of the several cases of Vyapam scam) in July 2013 by arresting 17 youths, mostly from Uttar Pradesh, who had come to Indore to appear on behalf of actual candidates in the admission test of state’s medical colleges.
It was Soni’s team which had arrested Vyapam principal system analyst Nitin Mohindra from Bhopal and later seized the hard disc, whose tampering was alleged by petitioners before the apex court.
First Published: Dec 16, 2016 10:04 IST