NEW DELHI: After the Supreme Court handed over the Vyapam case at Madhya Pradesh to the Central Bureau of Investigation, team comprising of 40 members reached Bhopal on Monday and started probe in the case.
The CBI sleuths met officers of the Madhya Pradesh police and the Special Task Force probing the scam. The CBI officers discussed the case with Special Task Force members Kamal Maurya and Rajesh Chandel for almost three hours. The meeting ended at 6:30 pm wherein the Special Task Force members handed over some documents over to the agency’s sleuths.
The 40-member CBI team reached Bhopal and began investigations as per Supreme Court guidelines. The STF was formed by the Madhya Pradesh government on August 26, 2013. Later, in April 2014, the Madhya Pradesh High Court ordered the setting up of a three-member special investigation team (SIT) headed by retired Madhya Pradesh judge Chandresh Bhushan to monitor the STF probe.
The team has planned to meet retired Madhya Pradesh judge Chandresh Bhushan and Vijay Raman, who is another member of SIT on Tuesday.
Sources said that Special Task Force members appraised the CBI sleuths about the numbers of cases they have been probing and deaths linked with the scam. The Special Task Force has registered 55 cases initially and as probe unfolded the cases had gone up to 125 cases. In the case, around 2,000 people have been arrested so far and 500 are still absconding.
Surprisingly, Madhya Pradesh Governor Ram Naresh Yadav is also been named in Vyapam scam. His son Shailesh Yadav, who died in mysterious circumstance, is among the 31 people who have died linked to the Vyapam scam.
Last week, the Supreme Court handed over the Vyapam case to the CBI, which has been tasked with the responsibility of probing the massive rigging of examinations for jobs and admission to various educational institutions, including medical colleges, conducted by the MP Professional Examination Board, also known as Vyapam. The apex court has also asked the agency to probe the deaths linked to the scam.