Vyapam scam: CBI registers case against former OSD to MP Governor and 37 others


The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Sunday registered an FIR against 32 accused in the Vyapam scam including former Officer on Special Duty of Madhya Pradesh Governor Ram Naresh Yadav. The officer is accused of alleged irregularities in selection of police officers.

A case of alleged criminal conspiracy, cheating, forgery under Indian Penal Code, violation of provisions of Information Technology Act and under Prevention of Corruption Act has been registered on the basis of FIR registered by Special Task Force, a CBI spokesperson said.

The 38 persons against whom FIR has been registered include Pankaj Trivedi, then Controller of Examinations, Vyapam; Om Prakash Shukla, then OSD to the Minister for Technical Education; Dhanraj Yards, then OSD, Raj Bhavan; and Nitin Mohindra, then System Analyst, Vyapam, sources said.

The Madhya Pradesh Special Task Force has alleged that in the Madhya Pradesh Police Subedar/Sub Inspector/Platoon Commander recruitment examination conducted by Vyapam in 2012, the OMR answer sheets were intentionally left blank and numbers were awarded to the candidate.

CBI sources said these sheets were later filled according to the numbers awarded to the candidates.

A 40-member CBI team had earlier this month begun its investigation into the Vyapam scam, which 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.

As many as 48 people related to Vyapam has lost their lives in mysterious circumstances.