Vyapam scam: MP CM Chouhan says will approach SC, visit Akshay Singh’s kin

By: | Published: July 8, 2015 7:48 PM

Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan on Wednesday said that he was aware about the Jabalpur High Court refusing to entertain his government's request for a Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) probe of the Vyapam scam and the deaths linked with it.

Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan on Wednesday said that he was aware about the Jabalpur High Court refusing to entertain his government’s request for a Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) probe of the Vyapam scam and the deaths linked with it.

Interacting with media shortly before his meeting with the BJP top brass, including External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, here, Chouhan said that his government would also approach the Supreme Court with a request to order a CBI probe into the scam.

He also said that he would be visiting the New Delhi home of dead television journalist Akshay Singh after determining the appropriate time to do so.

Chouhan said that he had written to the high court on Tuesday requesting for a CBI probe of the scam.

Meanwhile, BJP spokesman G V L N Rao said, “The request for CBI probe remains unchanged and undiluted” after the Jabalpur High Court refused to entertain the Madhya Pradesh Government’s plea.

Congress leader and former Minister of State for Home R P N Singh said on Wednesday, “We want the Vyapam to be judged by highest authority and it should be time bound.

He also said that the harshest punishment should be meted out to all of those accused involved in the scam.

“Anyone who is associated with any kind of wrongdoing, whatever office he holds, should be removed immediately,” Singh said.

“A similar (teachers) recruitment scam was seen in Haryana. An inquiry took place, and the then chief minister (Om Prakash Chautala), is in jail today,” added Singh.

“It is shocking that such a big scandal (Vyapam) has hit this country, where 49 lives have been lost. We still do not hear any word from the Prime Minister,” he said

Chouhan and the other reactions came after the Jabalpur Bench of the Madhya Pradesh High Court on Wednesday refused to hear the government’s plea for a probe by the Central Bureau of Investigation in the deadly Vyapam scam.

The court said that it will wait for the Supreme Court ruling on petitions seeking a CBI probe in the multi-crore scam.

The apex court is expected to deliver its verdict on July 9 on four petitions seeking a CBI probe in the high-profile scam. At least 48 people have died in this scam.

Under relentless opposition attack, Madhya Pradesh government filed a plea in the High Court for a CBI probe in the controversial Vyapam Scam on Tuesday.

The next hearing on the government’s plea in the high court will be on July 20.

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