Vyapam scam: Centre refuses CBI probe without court order
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Bhopal/New Delhi: The central government on Monday rejected calls for a CBI probe into the Vyapam scam in Madhya Pradesh, even as a police trainee recruited through Vyapam was found dead -- the...
TMC to raise issue in House, says Mamata Banerjee
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. (Photo: PTI/File) Describing the spate of deaths linked to the Vyapam scam as cold-blooded murders, West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee on Monday said the Trinamul Congress would raise the issue during the upcoming Monsoon Session of Parliament and demanded a Supreme Court-monitored probe. The Trinamul Congress will raise its voice against Vyapam scam in Parliament. I strongly condemn the incident. It should be investigated under the monitoring of the Supreme Court, Ms Banerjee said here reacting to the scandal that has triggered an outrage. It is not merely a law and order issue. It is something bigger than that. So many killings have taken place. Many people are involved. It is cold-blooded murders, Ms Banerjee said. Asked if she would demand a CBI probe into the admission and recruitment scam, Ms Banerjee said that since she knew the fate of the CBI probes into Netai massacre, Nandigram firing and Tagores Nobel medallion theft, she would prefer an investigation to be monitored by the top court. The incident has crossed all limits. We want truth to come out, she said. TMC Rajya Sabha MP and national spokesperson Derek O Brien said it was appropriate that the Supreme Court took suo motu action and order an appropriate probe. We are deeply concerned over the series of deaths including those of journalists, educationists and others. In these circumstances we think it is appropriate that the Supreme Court takes suo motu action and orders an appropriate probe to be monitored by it. This is the only way the truth will come out, OBrien said in a statement.
Vyapam trouble dogs Shivraj as Cong bays for blood
THE Vyapam serial murder scams seem to have finally arrived in New Delhi. A CBI probe into the Vyapam admission scam in Madhya Pradesh was ruled out by the Centre on Monday as troubles mounted for chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan after a woman trainee sub-inspector recruited by the state board was found dead in a lake. Congress demanded the sacking of Chauhan following a spate of mysterious deaths connected to the admission and recruitment scam in the last two years that has rocked the BJP -ruled state even as the chief minister said it is "not fair" to link all such "unfortunate incidents" with the scandal. The BJP rallied behind Chauhan in the face of strident demands by the Congress for a CBI probe, saying the state government need not order it after the apex court rejected the plea of Congress leader Digvijay Singh in this regard. In a related development, the Supreme Court agreed to hear a petition seeking removal of MP governor Ram Naresh Yadav over his alleged involvement in the scandal. "SIT probe into the scam is on, and the government cannot direct the high court or the Supreme Court on the issue," Union home minister Rajnath Singh told reporters in Jhabua in MP. Asked why the state government was avoiding a CBI probe, Singh said the high court and the apex court had already rejected a PIL in this regard. "There is no point in handing over the ongoing probe to CBI at this juncture," he said. "If the Supreme Court or the high court feels that the probe is not perfect to the extent it should be, then it will give directions and the government will immediately accept it and hand over the matter to the CBI," the home minister added. Whistleblower Ashish Chaturvedi, 26, claimed that there was a grave threat to his life and accused Chouhan of being "directly involved" in the scam, a charge rubbished by the CM. Adding to the string of deaths in the past two days, the body of trainee sub-inspector Anamika Sikarwar (25) was found in a lake adjacent to the Police Training Academy at Sagar district headquarters in the state. It came after the unexplained death of journalist Akshay Singh who was covering Vyapam scam in Jhabua, while Jabalpur Medical College dean Arun Sharma, probing fake examinees, was found dead under mysterious circumstances in a hotel at Dwarka in south-west Delhi on Sunday. Sagar city superintendent of police Gautam Solanki said they suspect Anamika's death to be a case of suicide, a claim promptly dismissed by the Congress. Congress, which has sought a Supreme Court-monitored CBI probe, stepped up its attack on Chouhan, demanding that he be sacked to allow an impartial investigation and said that he cannot escape responsibility for "45 deaths" of people having some connection with the issue. "Shivraj Singh Chouhan should be sacked and an impartial probe should be conducted in the Vyapam scam," Congress spokesperson Randeep Surjewala said in New Delhi. The Congress, Left and AAP also brought in prime minister Narendra Modi in the line of fire, questioning his silence on the "sordid affair". Former Union home minister P Chidambaram insisted that Madhya Pradesh government recommend a CBI investigation before the "next unnatural death", stressing the "buck stops with the executive". West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee, who was said to be warming up to the prime minister, "condemned" the deaths and said her party TMC will raise the issue in Parliament. "It is not merely a law and order issue. It is something bigger than that. So many killings have taken place. Many people are involved. It is cold-blooded murders," Banerjee, also the Trinamool Congress chief, said in Kolkata. BJP leaders have claimed that since the registration of the FIR in July 2013, over 55 cases have been lodged and close to 2000 of the 2500 accused arrested in various Vyapam scam cases.
Vyapam scam: Centre's no to CBI probe, Uma fears for people's lives
The central government on Monday rejected calls for a CBI probe into the Vyapam scam in Madhya Pradesh, even as a police trainee recruited through Vyapam was found dead -- the third death in three days, while union minister Uma Bharti said she fears for the lives of those around her.While the central government rejected calls for a CBI probe, Uma...
Mamata seeks SC-monitored probe into Vyapam scam
Kolkata, July 6 (IANS) Terming the series of deaths over the Vyapam scam in Madhya Pradesh as "cold-blooded murder", West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Monday demanded a Supreme Court-monitored probe into the scandal.
TMC to Raise Vyapam Scam in Parliament: Mamata
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Describing the spate of deaths linked to the Vyapam scam as "cold-blooded murders", West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee today said the Trinamool Congress would raise the issue during the upcoming monsoon session of Parliament and demanded a Supreme Court-monitored probe.