Vyapam scam: SC agrees to hear petitions seeking CBI probe on July 9
A bench headed by chief justice H L Dattu agreed to give an urgent hearing and posted all petitions on the scam for July 9.
Various people including activists, lawyers, politicians belonging to opposition parties, and whistleblower of the scam had approached the apex court for a CBI probe.
They alleged that SIT, appointed by state government, is not conducting the probe in a proper manner. They said that more than 40 witnesses and accused in the case have died under mysterious circumstances. They said deaths of so lots of people raises suspicion that they are being killed to protect influential people involved in the scam.
The court on Monday agreed to heal a petition challenging an order of MP high Court which had quashed FIR filed versus the state governor. That petition would also be heard on July 9.
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However, Union home minister Rajnath Singh had said on Monday that the Madhya Pradesh government would order a CBI inquiry into the Vyapam Scam only if the high court or the Supreme Court feels there is a need for such a probe.
“The government cannot ask the courts to order a CBI probe,” he said reacting to opposition’s demand that probe into the scam be handed over to the central investigating agency.
“If the Supreme Court and the high court feel the SIT is not investigating properly and that a CBI inquiry must be initiated, the MP government would be ready for it,” Rajnath Singh said.
“I as the home minister would immediately accept the demand for CBI inquiry into Vyapam scam,” Rajnath Singh added.