Bhopal, Sep 23 : Former Union Minister Kapil Sibal said that Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan is “the root of Vyapam scam” and claimed that a computer hard disk, seized by the police from the main accused in the case, had been tampered to remove the name of the “CM”.The scam refers to the irregularities in exams held by the MP Professional Examination Board for admission to professional courses and some state services.
Submitting to the court an ‘original excel sheet’ containing evidences in connection with the case. Kapil Sibal said, ” “We have submitted to the court for a trial the original CD data, which contains the list of Vyapam recommendations with ‘chief minister’ mentioned 48 times. ”
“More than 3,000 accused in the Vyapam scam are being prosecuted, but not the “apradh ki jad (the root of crime),” Sibal said, adding that a Hyderabad-based laboratory had confirmed tampering in the excel sheet.
He said that Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chauhan’s name figured in the Vyapam as well as dental and medical admission test scams.
A special court in Bhopal recorded the statement of Congress leader and former MP chief minister Digvijay Singh in connection with his private complaint against Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, Union minister Uma Bharti and five others in the Vyapam scam.
Sibal, a senior lawyer who is assisting Singh in the matter, alleged that the entry on the “CM” had featured at least 48 times in the ‘original excel sheet’, while names of Uma Bharati was also on the list along with other entries, like “Minister 1” and “Minister 2”.
Sibal alleges that all three investigating agencies” STF,SIT and CBI decided to protect the Chief minister and some other ministers .There are 3000 accused in the case but the root of Vyapam corruption is the CM and we will prove this.”
He claimed the Indore Police had taken the hard disk, seized from the main accused in the case, to technological expert Prashant Pandey, because they were clueless about how to retrieve data from it. While demonstrating how to do it, Pandey had managed to get the data transferred to his personal computer, Sibal said.
He claimed that though the hard disk had been seized on July 17, 2017, the police showed the time of the seizure as 4.30 pm on July 18. He also alleged that a top-level meeting had been held before the document was tampered took place.