New Delhi: The credibility of Times of India today took a nosedive following a clarification by CBI – India’s principal investigating agency, which has described the contents of a news item titled “No Proof of Political Plot in Vyapam: CBI” published today by Times of India as “totally speculative and misleading”.
The Central Bureau of Investigation today said in a rejoinder:
Please refer to the news item “No Proof of Political Plot in Vyapam: CBI” published today in a National Daily.
CBI wishes to clarify that the heading and certain contents attributed to top CBI official in the news item are totally speculative and misleading. It is again reiterated that the investigation is still continuing in Vyapam related cases and has not been finalised. Any news report indicating that any conclusion has been reached during investigation is speculative & presumptuous and hence, is strongly denied.
In July 2015, the Supreme Court of India had ordered the transfer of the Vyapam scam case and investigations into the deaths linked with this case to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI). The order had come in response to a petition by Congress general secretary Digvijay Singh and a few whistle blowers who were raising this matter for a long time.
The VYAPAM scam involving the Madhya Pradesh State Professional Examination Board revolves around massive irregularities in medical admission tests and recruitment of staff for many state departments, including contractual teachers and transport constables.
CBI has taken over the investigation of FIR No.18/14 of 14 October 2014 which was earlier registered by the Special task Force (STF) of Madhya Pradesh Police on the allegations of alteration in Optical Mark Recognition (OMR) sheets by VYAPAM functionaries in connection with Transport Constable Recruitment Test 2012.