The Bihar Assembly elections that are set to be held in October-November 2015, are perhaps the most important elections for the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party government, after the Lok Sabha elections of 2014, where they won a landslide victory. Is that why perhaps the centre is trying to stall the Central Bureau of Investigation’s probe in the Vyapam Scam? If we are to believe whistle blowers Paras Saklecha and Ajay Dubey, then yes indeed it is so.
According to an exclusive report published by The Quint, the duo revealed the information in a conversation with the reporter, on the sidelines of a press conference in the national capital. They were told that the BJP lead government directed the apex investigative body to delay the probe in the Vyapam Scam, which is probably the biggest and most complicated scam of India. The move is being made to protect the party’s image ahead of the elections.
“Modi says there is jungle-raj in the state of Bihar but what about Shivraj’s VYAPAM in MP? Why is the PM silent? The CBI is being asked to delay the probe so that the BJP does not lose face ahead of the Bihar polls. This is all being done in the shadow of the Bihar polls. CBI is acting like a caged parrot again. But we will go and campaign in Bihar, we will distribute copies of my book on VYAPAM to tell voters about BJP’s VYAPAM scam in MP”, Saklecha, who is also a former MLA from MP, was quoted as saying by the Quint.
“There are 215 FIRs in the VYAPAM Scam with a list of 2,600 accused in the case. While the CBI claims they have taken over 107 FIRs, what they have actually done is its translation from Hindi to English. These are all delaying tactics. 78 FIRs still remain to be touched. The CBI is deliberately delaying taking the handover from the Madhya Pradesh Special Task Force (STF)”, said Ajay Dubey.
On Friday, there were reports of the Supreme Court directing the Central Investigation Bureau to finish the probe in the remaining 72 cases of the Scam within three week time. The Court had handed the case over to the CBI on July 31, owing to the pressure by the public and the growing distrust on the credibility of the probe by the Madhya Pradesh police department.