Mockery of justice in Vyapam scam
Posted April 26, 2015on:
Vyapam scam of Madhya Pradesh is without a parallel in the crime history of India. Now the politicians, bureaucrats, police officers and judges are trying hard to cover it up.
Vyavasayik Pareeksha Mandal (Vyapam) or Professional Examinations Board (PEB) was entrusted with the task of organizing preliminary exams for admission to medical and engineering colleges. At some stage some smart brains manning the Vyapam started replacing in the computers the names of successful meritorious candidates with those who paid hefty sums of money or were recommended by the high-ups. The result: those who never appeared in preliminary exams became ‘qualified’ and got jobs in government hospitals and those who had merit and worked hard did not know what went wrong with their tests.
Careers of lakhs of young boys and girls were destroyed by these greedy people. There is no record of how many of them must have committed suicide in sheer desperation.
This has gone for no one knows how long. As it turned out to be quite lucrative, MP chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan entrusted recruitment to several departments — which was till then the responsibility of the State Public Service Commission — also to Vyapam. Illegal earnings started multiplying.
As some complaints of irregularities were made to the police in several cities, the police at some places started taking interest. Fearing exposure, Chouhan constituted a Special Task Force (STF) consisting of hand-picked, pliable police officers and the police inquiries at other places were halted.
Several petitions were moved in MP High Court seeking CBI inquiry into the scam. Refusing that, Chief Justice A M Khanwilkar announced his decision to monitor himself the progress made by STF in its investigation. This monitoring has been done in secrecy without anything on public record about the progress or the court’s orders.
As demand for CBI inquiry persisted, Judge Khanwilkar constituted a
Special Investigation Team (SIT) with retired High Court judge Chandresh Bhushan as its chairman.
Congress leader Digvijaya Singh submitted to SIT an affidavit claiming that the Vyapam Excel Sheets were tampered with to save CM Chouhan. Digvijaya’s source was Prashant Pande, an IT expert who was previously hired by STF but is now on the hit list of STF. Prashant Pande appears to have satisfied Delhi High Court that he has the original and doctored Excel Sheets and that the MP police is out to finish him off. Delhi High Court has passed appropriate orders for his protection.
SIT chairman Chandresh Bhushan told media that he would get the evidence submitted by Digvijaya Singh examined by a third, competent agency. As if in panic, MP High Court Chief Justice Khanwilkar directed SIT not to do any investigation on its own but only watch the investigation being done by the STF.
STF conveyed to Judge Khanwilkar that the evidence submitted by Digvijaya Singh was fake and Judge Khanwilkar declared it fake, simply on the word of accused police officers and without getting the evidence examined by an outside, expert agency.
That means Prashant Pandey and Digvijaya Singh have indulged in forgery — and Delhi High Court is providing protection to a forger!!!