Vyapam scam: Chouhan bows before public outcry, requests HC to order CBI probe
Bhopal: Bowing to
public outcry, Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan on Tuesday
requested the High Court to order a CBI probe into the Vyapam case, including
the large number of deaths of people allegedly linked to the scam.
Chouhan, who has been
under opposition attack over the rising death toll, said people wanted to know
the truth and it had become imperative that the case be probed by CBI now to
put to rest all doubts.
Addressing the media, a
grim looking Chouhan said he was dispatching a letter to the Madhya Pradesh
High Court requesting that the Central Bureau of Investigation be allowed to
probe the scandal.
The opposition has
alleged that nearly 45 people having links with the Vyapam admission and
recruitment scam have died since the investigation into the scandal began in
July 2013. At least five people, including a journalist covering the scam, have
died under mysterious circumstances in last one week.
In the press
conference, Chouhan rejected the Congress charge of his involvement in the
scam, terming it as ‘baseless’.
sentiments, I will request the High Court to order a CBI probe,” he said,
noting that democracy is run on public acceptability. “The functioning of the
government should be beyond any doubt,” he said.
Referring to the recent
deaths and the public outcry for a thorough probe, Chouhan said many
unfortunate events have occurred of late, including the journalist’s death, and
that people have a right to know the truth.
Contending that it was
not within his powers to order a CBI probe, the chief minister said the
developments in the case demanded fair answers.
“I thought about the
matter the whole night... The questions which have been raised need answers. It
has become necessary now that CBI investigates the case,” he said.
Asked if he wanted a
CBI probe into these unnatural deaths as well, he said the agency should probe
all aspects of the case. On Congress’ allegation about his involvement, he said
all charges the opposition party had levelled against him in the case so far
had been found to be wrong.
refrained from making any comment on Union Minister and former state Chief
Minister Uma Bharti’s statement that she too felt ‘scared’ over the deaths.
“She is like my elder
sister and a very respected leader. I respect her a lot. I made no comment
against her even when she was not in BJP,” he said. (With inputs from agencies)