NEW DELHI: The Central Bureau of Investigation on Tuesday filed chargesheet against 490 persons in connection with the Vyapam scam case and gave a clean chit to Madhya Pradesh chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan.
The 490 accused persons include three Vyapam officials, three racketeers, 17 middlemen, 297 solver & beneficiary candidates and 170 guardians of the beneficiary candidates in the Court of Special Judge for Vyapam Cases, Bhopal in the on-going investigation of a case relating to the alleged irregularities in the PMT 2013 Exam conducted by Vyapam.
When the case was taken over by the CBI, there were many accused persons, who remained untraced, since they had provided wrong address or were no longer living at the addresses given on their application forms for PMT 2013, the agency said. The probe into the alleged irregularities in the PMT-2013 examination conducted by Madhya Pradesh Vyavsayik Pareeksha Mandal (Vyapam) was taken up by the Central agency following a directive from the Supreme Court. The SC directive came in response to a PIL filed by former CM and senior Congress leader Digvijay Singh in 2015. The petition alleged that the hard disc of the computer system of Vyapam was tampered with.
“CBI also submitted its findings on the allegations of tampering of the Hard Disk Drive (HDD) that had been seized by MP Police. Based on the CFSL reports and the other evidence gathered during investigation, CBI has concluded that there was no tampering in the HDD,” the CBI said in a statement here on Tuesday after filing of the chargesheet in the case before a designated court in Bhopal.
The CBI also conducted investigation on the allegations made by a former Madhya Pradesh CM (Digvijay Singh) and another person in Writ Petition filed before the Supreme Court regarding the tampering of HDD (Hard Disc Drive) seized in the case. Both Singh and another petitioner had alleged that the hard disk seized by Indore Police from the computer of the then Principal System Analyst, Vyapam on July 18, 2013 in Crime No. 539/2013 of Police Station Rajinder Nagar, Indore had been tampered with.
“During investigation, image of the seized HDD in question along with 2 other HDDs, which was in the custody of the trial court, was prepared through the experts of Central Forensic Science Laboratory (CFSL), Hyderabad and were forwarded to CFSL for analysis and examination. Two pen drives were also sent to CFSL, Hyderabad for analysis. The pen drives, as per the claims of the said private person, contained the tampered and untampered versions of the impugned Excel file. The CFSL examined these
HDDs and the 2 pen drives and submitted 7 reports to CBI,” the CBI said its statement. The CBI further said, “As per CFSL report, the computer with the HDD in question was last shut down on July 15, 2015 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 the Writ Petition as well as to CBI, containing reference ‘CM’ in it, were created or last modified on or after July 18 2015 as per the report of CFSL whereas the alleged HDD in question was last shutdown on July 15 as per CFSL report.