BHOPAL: The multi-crore Vyapam scam whistle-blower Dr Anand Rai questioned the clean chit given to the chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan on Tuesday.
“How can somebody claim clean chit in the matter, only on the basis of a report filed by the CBI. It’s the court and not the CBI which will decide whether someone has come clean in the matter or not,” said Rai.
“Two months ago, the Supreme Court had directed the CBI to submit the report on the tampering of the hard disc by October 31. Why was the report submitted only on October 31 and not prior to it?” questioned Rai the CBI.
He also asked why the copy of the CFSL report, which was submitted before the special CBI court in Bhopal, was not given to one of the petitioners, cyber forensic expert Prashant Pandey.
Rai said the CBI official statement released on Tuesday states that as per the CFSL report, the computer with the hard disc drive (HDD) in question, was last shut down on July 15, 2013 and no file on the said HDD was accessed after that. All the 5 Excel files in the pen drive provided by the said private person to the Delhi High Court in Writ Petition. (Crl.) 334/2015 as well as to CBI, containing the reference 'CM' in it, were created or last modified on or after July 18, 2013, as per the report of CFSL whereas the alleged HDD in question was last shut down. The pen drive provided by the said private person to the Hon'ble High Court of Delhi as well as to CBI contains fake documents created subsequent to the seizure of HDD in question. “When the police say it seized the HDD on July 15, 2013, how can then a private person access the drive and modify the drive three days later,” Rai questioned.
Rai added that he will challenge the report filed by the CBI on hard disc tampering before the special CBI trial court in Bhopal. “We’ll also submit the copy of the 40-page report of M/s Truth Labs on the same hard disc tampering and seek that an independent cyber forensic science expert of international repute be appointed as amicus curiae in the case to assist the court in the case.”
An Indore-based self-styled cyber forensic expert Prashant Pandey, who had filed one of the two writ petitions before the Supreme Court in 2015 regarding hard disc tampering, questioned on what grounds the CFSL found there was no tampering in the hard disc.
The opposition Congress state spokesperson KK Mishra dubbed the development as "sponsored publicity" and alleged that it was in contempt of the Supreme Court orders of the past. The Congress leaders and legal eagles Vivek Tankha and Kapil Sibal will move the apex court over Tuesday’s development.
On the other hand state BJP president, Nandkumar Singh Chauhan said the party will celebrate the clean chit to the CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan in the matter across the state on Wednesday.
“We’ll also file a defamation suit against Digvijaya Singh and associates. Also, the Supreme Court will be petitioned to act against Singh and aides for misleading the apex court in the matter,” the state BJP chief said.