The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Monday formally took over the Vyapam scam probe as a team of its officials reached Bhopal and received the case related documents from the Madhya Pradesh police’s Special Task Force (STF), which has been conducting the investigation in the matter since 2013.
Asserting that the agency would undertake a fair probe, CBI Joint Director RP Agrawal said: “We will not disappoint the country.The Supreme Court of India has given the responsibility to the CBI to investigate the matter. The probe’s direction will be decided depending on the progress in the case.”
The central agency has formed a 40-member team to probe the case and will submit its report to the apex court on July 24.
Getting down to business, the CBI team from the agency’s headquarters in Delhi, met the STF team members and discussed the case with them.
CBI Director Anil Sinha, sources told PTI, was himself monitoring the developments in the case with assistance from two Additional Directors R K Dutta and Y C Modi.
Before the CBI was asked to step in following a huge outcry over several mysterious deaths of people linked to the scam, the STF was probing the cases under day-to-day monitoring by the Madhya Pradesh High Court-appointed Special Investigating Team.
The STF, under Sudhir Sahi, began probing the case in August 2013. In November last year, the Madhya Pradesh High Court constituted a Special Investigation Team (SIT) under the chairmanship of former High Court judge Chandresh Bhushan to supervise the investigation.
On July 9, a Supreme Court bench headed by Chief Justice H L Dattu transferred the probe of all Vyapam cases, including the related deaths, to the CBI.
The investigative agency has been asked to file its report to the apex court on July 24, when the court is likely to take a call on monitoring the investigation, as demanded by some petitioners including Congress general secretary Digvijaya Singh.
— With PTI Inputs