Bhopal: The Madhya Pradesh BJP Government is already facing a huge image deficit due to the Vyapam scam and the ghost of Vyapam has returned to haunt Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan ahead of the general election to the State Assembly late this year with the latest expose that the diary of Jagdeesh Sagar, the prime accused in the VYAPAM case, not only reveals dubious money transactions to the tune of Rs. 95,00,000 for the selection of State Service officers through Madhya Pradesh Public Service Commission but also links these to a certain “Mamaji” and VIP”.
The main Opposition Congress has gone on the offensive and demanded thorough investigation into conduct of examinations and selections done by the State Public Service Commission.
Madhya Pradesh Congress President Kamal Nath has said that irregularities in selection by the State Public Service Commission had surfaced even five years ago. The latest evidence that has surfaced from the diary of the main VYAPAM accused is a serious matter as everyone in the State knows who is called the Mama, he has pointed out adding it is now clear that State Administrative Service posts have been filled by those who could bribe their way in by paying bribe and this needs to be investigated by the CBI.
The VYAPAM case arising out of large-scale corruption in filling medical seats, which was initially investigated by Special Task Force of the Police (STF), is now with the CBI. The main accused in this case Jagdeesh Sagar was arrested and sent to jail. The same has been the fate of the direcctors of some medical colleges in the State. The STF had also investigated examinations conducted by VYAPAM to fill vacancies across many State departments and in the process FIRs were lodged against many prominent persons, including the then Governor Ramnaresh Yadav. The FIR against the Governor, who passed away soon after his retirement, was quashed later on orders of the Jabalpur High Court. Former State Minister Lakshmikant Sharma was even sent to judicial custody in this matter but was subsequently released on bail. Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, his close relations and officers also were targeted by the Congress party but none of them has been made an accused by the CBI in the VYAPAM case.