Vyapam scam: Digvijaya Singh moves court against Madhya Pradesh CM Shivraj Chouhan

Almost two years after the Supreme Court (SC) gave a clean chit to Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan on allegations of tampering a hard disk recovered from an accused in the Vyapam scam, Congress leader Digvijaya Singh got his statement recorded on Saturday in a sessions court in Bhopal in connection with the Vyapam scam.

Senior lawyers from Congress, Kapil Sibal and Vivek Tankha had appeared in a sessions court while Digvijaya Singh’s statement was being recorded.

The complaint has been filed under Section 200 of the CrPC and nearly 27,000 pages of documents as evidence have been submitted along with it.

Speaking to the media in Bhopal, Kapil Sibal accused Chouhan of being at the root of corruption in the Vyapam case. The Congress had earlier raised the issue of tampering with the seized hard disk but the SC had accepted the statement of the CBI that citing the FSL report had given a clean chit to Chouhan.

He said the private complaint has been filed because the CBI, and earlier the state police’s STF and SIT appointed by the MP High Court had been shielding Chouhan. Top police officials have also been made accused in the case. According to the Congress, they have played a major role in protecting the accused.

Sibal said the Indore Police had seized the hard disk of accused Nitin Mohindra on July 17, 2013 and asked technical expert Prashant Pandey to download the details in the disk of which Pandey kept a copy.

He accused the police of having removed the CM’s name that appeared 48 times in the hard disk. He said the hash value generated with each action has been recorded and proves that tampering was done. He also claimed that the names of Uma Bharti and other ministers with serial numbers were in the disk too.

Sibal had sent the data to the Truth Lab in Bangalore, an independent forensics lab, that found that the data was tampered. Further, Sibal said the CBI told the SC in November 2016 that the FSL, Hyderabad had given a clean chit to it whereas the FSL, Hyderabad had only sent the report to CBI on December 23, 2016.

Sibal said the Congress will file more complaints against Chouhan in connection with other scams such as the e-tendering scam.

On being asked if the timing of filing the complaint had something to do with upcoming elections, Vivek Tankha said a large number of documents had to be studied to prepare for the case and hence the delay.

On Thursday, the Congress had, however, received a setback when its complaint before the SC in connection with the dumper scam was dismissed by the court.

Reacting to the developments, State Public Relations Minister Narottam Mishra said that Digvijaya Singh was a veteran player of the political arena implying that the complaint filed in court had political reasons behind it. “When the highest court of the land has accepted that there wasn’t any tampering and a number of investigative agencies have also not found any merit in the allegations of the Congress, it is surprising why the leaders are persisting with it,” he said.

Source: India Today