Backing Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan’s stand that only the courts can decided on a CBI probe into the Vyapam scam, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Monday said it is for the Madhya Pradesh High Court and the Supreme Court to decide on the matter.
“All cases related to Vyapam are not under the supervision of the state government but the High Court. It for the High Court to decide on a CBI enquiry into the case. Our political opponents are trying to turn a non-issue into an issue,” Singh said.
The Centre’s support to the MP CM came on a day when Chouhan came under intense pressure to order a CBI probe after the Supreme Court agreed to hear a petition seeking removal of Madhya Pradesh Governor Ram Naresh Yadav on the ground of his alleged involvement in the scam.
The Chief Minister has been facing flak for not ordering a probe by the CBI into the case even after 45 persons linked to the Madhya Pradesh Vyavsayik Pareeksha Mandal (Vyapam) scandal have died, mostly under mysterious circumstances.
Yesterday, the CM held that the case is being probed by a Special Investigation Team (SIT) under the supervision of the Madhya Pradesh High Court and any further action can be taken only by the court.
“My government is not above the judiciary. When the High Court has refused a CBI enquiry into the matter, how can we order it?” the Chief Minister said.
He said a SIT is probing the scam under the supervision of the Madhya Pradesh High Court and if the court feels it should be investigated by any other agency, it is free to do that.
“The Supreme Court and the High Court are free to get the matter probed by the agency they want to. We don’t have any problem.”
The Vyapam scam had started out as just another case of systemic corruption that is part of everyday life in the country but now is being dubbed as one of the biggest scams in the country.
With three deaths in the last three days, the Vyapam scam has turned into a monster which Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan can ignore at his own peril.
The latest in the series of deaths of people linked in one way or the other to the examination was that of a trainee woman cop on Monday. Anamika Khuswaha reportedly committed suicide by jumping into a river in Sagar, Madhya Pradesh.
“Anamika Kushwaha jumped into the river and died. It’s said she was mentally stressed for the last few days,” said Savita Sohane of the Sagar Police Academy. Kushwaha had cleared the entrance exam held by Vyapam last year and joined the academy in February this year.
Responding to media queries on Khuswaha’s death, the CM said that the unfortunate incident was not related to Vyapam scam investigation. “Every death should not be linked (to the scam),” he said.
On Sunday, Dr Arun Sharma, the dean of a Jabalpur Medical College, was found dead in a Delhi hotel.
Dr Sharma’s death came exactly a year after his predecessor at Netaji Subhas Chandra Medical College, Dr DK Sakalle’s body was found in a charred condition at his residence in Bhopal.