The Supreme Court on Thursday transferred the investigation into the Vyapam scam to CBI and issued a notice to Madhya Pradesh governor Ram Naresh Yadav on a petition seeking his removal for his involvement in the scandal.
A notice has also been issued to the Centre and a response has been sought in the next four weeks. The court is also expected to closely monitor the investigation carried out by the CBI. Meanwhile, the next date of hearing in the matter has been set as July 24.
Accepting the plea of whistleblowers Ashish Chaturvedi, Anand Rai and Prashant Pandey, and Congress leader Digvijaya Singh, SC said that the case must be handed over to the CBI to ensure an unbiased investigation. The concerns of whistleblowers will be discussed in a separate hearing.
So far, the Vyapam case has been investigated by a Special Task Force of MP police, while being monitored by the state’s high court.
Earlier this week, MP Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan had succumbed to the opposition’s pressure and ordered the MP high court to order a CBI inquiry into the matter. The high court rejected the matter yesterday, saying it was out of its jurisdiction as it was being heard by SC.
The Supreme Court today, however, slammed the MP high court, saying it is washing its hands off Vyapam scam as it could have ordered a CBI probe.
Earlier this morning, it emerged that a constable in Madhya Pradesh who died two months ago was to appear as a key witness in the deadly Vyapam scam.
This now takes the mysterious death count of people who have died in MP while investigating the scam to 48.