SC wants CBI to expand probe into MP admissions

The Supreme Court on Friday hinted at directing the CBI to expand its probe from the Vyapam scam to investigating irregularities in the Dental and Medical Admission Test (DMAT), held to fill management and government seats in Madhya Pradesh's private medical colleges.

A three-judge bench, headed by Chief Justice H L Dattu, however, asked the state government, represented by Attorney-General Mukul Rohatgi, to give its response in writing within two weeks on a separate PIL filed by whistleblowers Anand Rai and Ashish Chaturvedi.

“What we feel tentatively at this moment, (is that) you should take (up the) entire probe, whether the examinations were conducted by the government body or private body,” the bench told Additional Solicitor General Maninder Singh. 

Appearing for the CBI, the law officer contented that the probe agency was short-staffed. “We are of the view that you should be in a position to say if you are prepared to take up the task,” the bench told him.

Rohatgi, on his part, submitted that the court had already directed a CBI probe into the scam pertaining to admission in government colleges, which would also cover admission through government quota in private colleges. He said neither was any FIR registered at the moment, nor had any public servant been found involved in the scam.

The court, however, said one part of the irregularities being probed by the CBI and another by an HC-appointed Special Investigation Team was not a good idea.

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