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Bhopal: Pending 510 complaints related to Vyapam scam have been close down, informed home minister Bala Bachchan on Monday. In a written reply to a question raised by Congress MLA Harsh Gehlot in the House, the home minister said that the BJP government on April 25, 2007, had order for the closure of 510 complaints related to Vyapam scam.

Anonymous complainants, fake address, fictitious names were among the reasons cited for the closure of the complaints, informed the minister. He in his reply also ruled out instituting parallel inquiry into the complaints saying that CBI is already looking into the matter.

Congress, being in opposition then had cornered the ruling BJP over the infamous Vyapam scam. The party had been claiming that after coming to power in the state, it would initiate investigation into all the cases. However, after forming government, Congress has taken a U-turn as now it says that since CBI is handling the cases, a parallel inquiry would not be possible.

In his reply to his party MLA, Bachchan said that special task force had received 1355 complaints of irregularities in the various tests conducted by Vyapam and after conducting investigations into 34 complaints, cases were registered. Accepting a Writ Petition, the Supreme Court on July 9, 2015 had ordered a probe by the CBI into alleged irregularities in the Madhya Pradesh Professional Examination Board (MPPEB), also known as Vyapam.

The STF had 1040 complaints but they did not conduct the investigations. The STF had forwarded the complaints to the apex court, but the Court did not respond to it. Thereafter director general of police (DGP) to forward 530 complaints to the respective district and the files of 510 complaints which were with the STF were closed down citing anonymous complainant, fake address, and false name.

It has been informed that now the STF has no pending case with them, the minister’s reply said. The investigations into the cases are now being carried out by CBI and so ordering a parallel investigation into the complaints is not reasonable, said the minister in his reply.

Minister parries questions on Vyapam

Another Congress MLA Manoj Chawala too raised Vyapam issue, however, the minister skilfully parried it. Chawala wanted to know if during investigation, had the SIT instructed the STF regarding the thumb impression matching? Did the former MLA Paras Saklecha gave any statement to the STF? And what action did STF take? Were some of the questions raised before the minister, which he smartly parried. He replied that since the matter is with CBI no question would be entertained.

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