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Filing charge sheets in Vyapam case: CBI moves SC

vbk-supreme_court__1637655gNew Delhi: The Supreme Court on Thursday said it would hear on July 20 a CBI plea that the Special Investigation Team (SIT) be allowed to file charge sheets in cases related to the Vyapam scam.

A three-judge bench, headed by Chief Justice H L Dattu, asked CBI to serve the copy of the application to the parties concerned.

Appearing for the CBI, Additional Solicitor General (ASG) Maninder Singh said the transfer of more than 185 Vyapam scam cases from SIT to CBI will take time and the state investigating agency be allowed to file charge sheets in the cases in which the probe is complete.

“Otherwise, the accused will get statutory bail on account of default of non-filing of charge sheets within stipulated time period,” the ASG said.

On July 9, the Supreme Court had ordered transfer of the probe into all Vyapam scam cases and the deaths allegedly linked to it to CBI.

The apex court had passed the order while hearing a batch of petitions, including one by senior Congress leader Digvijay Singh seeking apex court-monitored CBI probe into all cases arising out of the Vyapam scam.

While passing the order, the apex court had also taken on record the submission of the Madhya Pradesh government that it had no objection on transferring the investigation of cases relating to Vyapam scam to CBI.

Congress has alleged that around 49 persons linked to the Vyapam scam have died under mysterious circumstances, a charge refuted by the state government. The official figure is around 25 which the state government says includes suicides, accidents and some other unnatural deaths.

The multi-crore rupee professional examination scam involves several high-profile professionals, politicians and bureaucrats as accused.

The alleged scam involves MPPEB, which holds examinations for various posts such as that of teachers, medical officers, constables and forest guards.

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