CBI officer who investigated Bhanwari Devi case to lead Vyapam probe

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has formed a 40-member team that will investigate into the Vyapam scam, taking over the probe from the Madhya Pradesh Special Task Force and local police. RP Aggarwal, the officer who investigated the infamous Bhanwari Devi case is told to lead the special team for Vyapam.

“A formal special investigation team (SIT) within CBI will be created later to probe all Vyapam cases,” CBI sources said. Help of the local MP police will be taken in various subject matters during the course of investigation.

Right now, the probe has been handed over to Delhi’s Anti-Corruption Zone Unit, which extends its jurisdiction all over India. The unit has probed several big scams over the years including Tatra trucks and AgustaWestland. It has also before probed the disproportionate assets cases against Mulayam Singh Yadav and Mayawati.

As many as 48 people related to Vyapam has lost their lives in mysterious circumstances. Not too long ago, a journalist and the head of Jabalpur’s NS Medical college were found dead in Madhya Pradesh and Delhi respectively.

Last week, Supreme Court ordered a CBI inquiry into the trail of deaths related to Vyapam.

The Vyapam scam is a huge admission and recruitment scandal involving politicians, bureaucrats and middlemen. Several politicians, including former state Education Minister Laxmikant Sharma, a host of officials and aspirants have been arrested in the case.

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