SC hands over Vyapam scam probe to CBI, seeks response by July 24

SC hands over Vyapam scam probe to CBI, seeks response by July 24

The Supreme Court on Thursday handed over the Vyapam scam probe to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and alleged deaths related to it and also issued notice to the Centre, Madhya Pradesh Government and the Governor on a plea seeking his removal over his alleged involvement in the scandal.

The court has sought the response of the CBI by July 24 in the case. The CBI will start its probe from Monday.

The apex court bench headed by Chief Justice H.L. Dattu handed over the probe to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) after Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi told the court that he has instructions by the Madhya Pradesh government on handing over the probe to the CBI.

In its order, the court said: “The AG on instructions says that the state of Madhya Pradesh has no objection whatsoever for transferring investigation into criminal cases related to Vyapam scam to the CBI and also the cases related to the deaths of the persons…for fair and impartial investigation.”

“We appreciate the stand of the attorney general”, the court said and added: “In view of the above, we transfer investigation of criminal cases relating to Vyapam scam and the deaths to the CBI from Monday.”

Meanwhile, the court has issued notice on a plea challenging the Madhya Pradesh High Court order quashing the FIR against state Governor Ram Naresh Yadav for his alleged involvement in forest guard recruitment scam on the grounds that he enjoyed immunity of the constitutional office he was occupying.

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