In a shocking decision, Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has decided to withdraw at least 20 investigative officers from Vyapam team. While investigating the matter, the central investigative agency had set up its Vyapam team in 2016 at Bhopal’s Professors Colony office. Federal investigative agency comes up with its new team after as many 50 people connected with Vyapam scam were killed in mysterious circumstances. According to a national daily report, in last 6 months, CBI had removed around 70% of its officers from the investigative team. Opposition parties are criticising government’s decision to and calling it an attempt to influence the investigation.
Talking about the development, KK Mishra, Madhya Pradesh Congress’ spokesperson said. “The Congress had demanded a CBI investigation into the Vyapam Scam with a lot of hope, but it ended up giving a clean chit to many of those who controlled the scam. I think they should close this branch.” However, CBI has defended its decision by saying that its decision to withdraw 20 officers from Vyapam team will not impact its investigation. One of the CBI officials said, “In more than 100 cases, people have been charge sheeted and trials are on. Some officials will be transferred as a matter of routine. There’s no reason to shut down the branch.”
The Vyapam scam was an entrance examination, admission and recruitment scam that was detected in 2013 from Madhya Pradesh. It involved politicians, senior and junior officials and people belong to corporate houses systematically employing imposters to write papers, manipulate exam hall seating arrangements and supply forged answer sheets by bribing officials. Madhya Pradesh Professional Examination Board (MPPEB), popularly known by its Hindi acronym ‘Vyapam’ (Vyavsayik Pariksha Mandal). Cases of irregularities in these entrance tests had been reported since the mid-1990s, and the first FIR was filed in 2000.