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Vyapam case: SIT silent on ‘high dignitary’, minister names Governor

Probe team submits envelopes in sealed covers to Madhya Pradesh High Court.

Written by Milind Ghatwai | Bhopal |
February 23, 2015 1:04:24 am

Neither the Special Task Force (STF) which is probing the Vyapam (Madhya Pradesh Professional Examination Board) scam nor the Special Investigation Team (SIT) which is monitoring the probe has disclosed the identity of a “high dignitary’’ so far, but Union Social Justice Minister Thaawar Chand Gehlot has named him: Governor Ramnaresh Yadav.

The SIT had Friday submitted two envelops in a sealed cover to the Madhya Pradesh High Court, one contained the name of a “high dignitary’’ and the other a progress report of the investigation into the high profile scam.

The envelops were opened before the division bench of Chief Justice A M Khanvilkar and Justice Alok Aradhe who without making the name public allowed the investigating agency to proceed further “in accordance with the law”.

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Gehlot, who was in Ujjain Saturday, told local television channels that the probe agency had found that Yadav was allegedly involved in the case and the HC had permitted it to file an FIR against him.

The Union minister gave a clean chit to Shivraj Singh Chouhan, against whom senior Congress leader Digvijaya Singh has levelled serious allegations of tampering with the evidence to absolve himself, saying the allegations against the CM was politically motivated. Gehlot alleged that Congress was dejected because Yadav belonged to the party.

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Despite repeated attempts, Gehlot was not available for comment. Leader of Opposition in the Assembly Satyadev Katare said it was not proper for the Union minister to either declare someone guilty or give someone (Chouhan) a character certificate when the investigation was on. The HC order itself is not clear whether the “high dignitary’’ is one or more in number.

Gehlot’s revelation has come amidst speculation over and demand for the Governor’s resignation after his son Shailesh Yadav was named in a chargesheet filed by the STF in a local court in Bhopal.

The Governor has said he will not step down because he has been appointed by the President. Meanwhile, the court which will hear the matter Monday, has warned MPPEB officials and deans of government and private medical colleges that they will be held responsible if they do not provide the information sought by the STF within a week.

It was brought to the division bench’s notice that bail orders of the accused were entertained by courts not authorised to do so. The court asked the registrar general to ascertain factual position and directed the investigation agency to take corrective measures on case-to-case basis.

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