Vyapam scam: Congress leader Digvijay Singh deposes in his complaint against Shivraj Singh Chouhan, Uma Bharti

In his plea, Digvijay Singh has sought criminal prosecution of Chouhan, Bharti and five others in the Vyapam scam.

Press Trust of India September 22, 2018 18:57:57 IST
Vyapam scam: Congress leader Digvijay Singh deposes in his complaint against Shivraj Singh Chouhan, Uma Bharti

Bhopal: A local court on Saturday recorded the statement of Congress leader Digvijay Singh in connection with his private complaint against Madhya Pradesh chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, Union minister Uma Bharti and five others in the Vyapam scam.

The Vyapam scam refers to irregularities in exams held by the Madhya Pradesh Professional Examination Board, also called Vyavasayik Pareeksha Mandal or Vyapam, for admission in professional courses and state services.

Vyapam scam Congress leader Digvijay Singh deposes in his complaint against Shivraj Singh Chouhan Uma Bharti

File image of Congress leader Digvijaya Singh. PTI

Singh deposed for over two hours before Judge Suresh Singh of the Special Court dealing with the cases related to MLAs and MPs. The former Madhya Pradesh chief minister was assisted by senior lawyer and former Union minister Kapil Sibal, senior counsel and Congress leader Vivek Tankha, among other advocates.

In his plea, Singh has sought criminal prosecution of Chouhan, Bharti and five others in the Vyapam scam."Digvijay Singh has submitted the copy of a document connected with the Vyapam scam in which Chouhan's name figures 48 times," Sibal told reporters after the court appearance.

He claimed that earlier the state Special Task Force (STF), and now the the CBI, are saving those involved in the scam, especially Chouhan. Tankha said that Singh submitted documents running
into 27,000 pages to accompany his charges.

Earlier, the STF had investigated the scam. In 2016, the Supreme Court had directed the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to investigate the Vyapam scam. The central agency had given Chouhan a clean chit in the case.

Sibal on Saturday alleged that Chouhan was the root of the scam. "With Digvijay Singh's private complaint, we are going to prove Chouhan's involvement in the scam," he said.

Updated Date:

also read

Warner Bros to release The Suicide Squad on 5 August, The Conjuring 3 on 15 August in India: A round-up of film and TV announcements
Entertainment

Warner Bros to release The Suicide Squad on 5 August, The Conjuring 3 on 15 August in India: A round-up of film and TV announcements

Other announcements include Amol Palekar and Barun Sobti's ZEE5 original film 200, and child actor Alexa Swinton's casting in the Sex and the City revival.

TMC's Shantanu Sen suspended from Rajya Sabha for remaining part of monsoon session after House nod
Politics

TMC's Shantanu Sen suspended from Rajya Sabha for remaining part of monsoon session after House nod

The motion was passed by a voice vote and Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu asked Sen to leave the House

As Bellbottom gears up for release and cinemas reopen, Bollywood remains cautiously optimistic
Entertainment

As Bellbottom gears up for release and cinemas reopen, Bollywood remains cautiously optimistic

As COVID numbers dip in parts of the country, Delhi and Mumbai have allowed theatres to open at 50 per cent capacity. Several states have also permitted cinemas to resume operations.