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BJP and Congress Both Welcome SC Decision for CBI Probe into Vyapam

New Delhi: BJP today welcomed the Supreme Court decision for a CBI probe into the Vyapam scam and deaths allegedly linked with the case, claiming it was always for it, and said Congress should now stop doing politics over the issue.

The ruling party hit back at Congress for its criticism of the state government over its “delay” in calling for a CBI probe, saying it amounted to commenting on the functioning of the state High Court which had so far been monitoring the investigation into the scam.

It noted that the apex court had “appreciated” the Madhya Pradesh government’s request for a CBI investigation.

“The learned Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi clearly enunciated before the Supreme Court the state government’s stand that it desires a CBI probe. It must be pointed out that the government had already approached the High Court with a similar request. The apex court has accepted it and also appreciated the AG’s stand,” BJP spokesperson Nalin Kohli told PTI.

Whether the CBI probe will be monitored by the Supreme Court should be left to the court’s wisdom, he said. “BJP wanted a CBI probe. BJP approached the court and the court has accepted it. We welcome it,” he said.

With Congress targeting Shivraj Singh Chouhan government for delay in seeking a CBI probe, Kohli said, “Those who are questioning the timing and the alleged delay must not forget that they are implying a comment on the functioning of the High Court which was monitoring the probe being carried out by the SIT.”

Congress, he said, should also not forget that an earlier petition in the apex court demanding a CBI probe had not been accepted. Another BJP spokesperson Shahnawaz Hussain said Congress should not do any more politics on the issue after the SC’s decision. “We welcome the Supreme Court’s decision and the truth will come out. Congress should keep quiet and let the CBI probe take place,” Hussain said.

On the other hand, senior Congress leader Digvijay Singh today welcomed the decision of the Supreme Court. “With this decision, the faith of the country in judiciary has increased. We are thankful to the Supreme Court,” he told reporters here.

The apex court’s decision came after it heard a batch of petitions, including one filed by Singh, seeking a CBI probe into all cases arising out of the Vyapam admission and recruitment scam.

Taking a dig at Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, he said, “Thank God, He has now given [Shivraj] wisdom. Both Home Minister Rajnath Singh and Shivraj Singh Chouhan have had to take a U-turn.”

Chouhan had initially washed his hand off a CBI probe, saying it was in the hands of the Madhya Pradesh High Court.

Singh said it is the first time when corrupt politicians, bureaucrats and police officers, along with middlemen, have cheated lakhs of students. “Students who were made to believe that money was the only way to get admission to higher education in the state are behind bars but those who took the bribe are roaming free. These arrested students should be made government witness so that they can pinpoint the corrupt people,” the Congress leader said.

A bench headed by Chief Justice H L Dattu clarified that all cases will be transferred to CBI from Monday and the agency will file its report before it on July 24.

Before handing over the probe to CBI, the apex court took on record the submission of Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi, who on behalf of the MP government, said that the state has no objection on transferring to CBI the investigation of cases relating to Vyapam scam and the cases relating to the deaths of people allegedly connected to the scandal for a free and fair probe.