SC asks CBI to take over all Vyapam scam cases

Number of cases has gone up from 185 to 212

SC asks CBI to take over  all Vyapam scam cases

The Supreme Court on Monday directed the CBI to take over all cases relating to the Vyapam scam of Madhya Pradesh and appoint public prosecutors within three weeks to pursue the trial.

“People are in jail, it should not take more than three weeks,” a three-judge bench presided by Chief Justice H L Dattu told Solicitor General Ranjit Kumar, who submitted that the CBI had so far registered as many as 104 regular cases in the matter.

Kumar also pointed out that one case has disposed with acquittal, while in two cases, closure reports have been filed.

The bench, also comprising Justices Kurian Joseph and Amitava Roy, told the CBI to take over other 78 cases — which had been investigated by the SIT/STF — and remained pending at trial stage. The court noted that the cases in the scam had risen from 185 to 212.

During the hearing, Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi also sought three weeks time to make a proposal on filling the vacancies of investigators in CBI, contending that it required a mandatory training of at least two years.

As he contended that the number of cases had grown from 185 to 212, Solicitor General Kumar pointed out that he was not giving the CBI enough staff and the probe agency faced shortage of 800 investigators.

Senior advocate K T S Tulsi, appearing for PIL petitioners including Congress leader Digvijay Singh, submitted that the CBI should consider one FIR as lead case to unearth the larger conspiracy to file a consolidated charge sheet instead of separate charge sheets.

He gave example of 1993 Mumbai blasts case in which large number of accused were tried together after consolidated charge sheets were filed.  Rohatgi, however, submitted that the number of accused in the present scam was more than that of the blasts case.

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