Published On: Thu, Jul 9th, 2015

Supreme Court hands over Vyapam scam case to CBI, likely to monitor probe

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Thursday transferred all cases relating to the Vyapam scam to the Central Bureau of Investigation.

Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan

Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan

The apex court issued notice to the Centre and the Madhya Pradesh government on the petition demanding the removal of state Governor Ram Naresh Yadav. The court has sought a reply within four weeks.

The apex court also issued a notice to the CBI and sought its response within two weeks on the demand for a SC-monitored investigation.

Senior lawyer Kapil Sibal, while arguing for the petitioner, asked as to why the Governor has not been removed from his post.

The apex court decision came as it heared pleas seeking a Supreme-Court monitored probe into the high-profile Vyapam scam.

Lashing out at the Jabalpur bench of the Madhya Pradesh High Court, the Supreme Court said that it was washing its hands off the investigation into the high-profile scam.

According to the Supreme Court, the High Court could have ordered a CBI probe into the scam, asking it to not proceed further in the Vyapam matter.

This came a day after the Jabalpur bench of the Madhya Pradesh High Court deferred the decision on a plea seeking CBI probe till July 20, saying it would wait for the Supreme Court decision on the same.

Embattled Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, who is in the national capital, had said that he would request the Supreme Court to monitor a CBI investigation into the Vyapam scam.

The state government had earlier maintained that there was no need for a CBI probe into the case, expressing full faith on the probe conducted by the Madhya Pradesh High Court-monitored Special Task Force (STF).

Inputs with ANI

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