The first day of the 12-day session was adjourned after the Speaker intervened and called for observing a two-minute silence for the deceased MLAs and MPs.
The session began with the oath-taking ceremony of a newly elected BJP MLA. After that, the Speaker Dr Sitasharan Sharma expressed condolences for the demised members of house and some eminent social and political personalities.
However, the Leader of the Opposition, Satyadev Katare, while paying homage to all the personalities, brought up the names of those who died in connection with the Vyapam scam.
Thus, members of the Opposition paid tribute to TV journalist Akshay Singh and MBBS student Namrata Damor. Both of them died under mysterious circumstances after the Vyapam scam was exposed. The Oppositions leaders called them ‘Vyapam Saheed.’
Parliamentary Affairs Minister Narottam Mishra objected to this but the Opposition continued to pay homage to other victims linked to the scam.
At this point the Speaker intervened and called for observing a two-minute silence, after which he adjourned the House for the day.
Meanwhile in Delhi, a day after Madhya Pradesh CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan met Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the Supreme Court has allowed Special Investigative Teams (SIT) and Special Task Force of MP Police to file chargesheets in Vyapam scam cases till the matters are transferred to the CBI.
The apex court passed the order while hearing a batch of petitions, including the one filed by Congress leader Digvijaya Singh seeking a Supreme Court monitored CBI probe into all cases linked to the scam.
A three-judge bench of Chief Justice HL Dattu and Justices Arun Kumar Mishra and Amitava Roy fixed July 24 for further hearing of the application of CBI.
On July 16, the CBI had approached the apex court with the plea, saying that transfer of more than 185 Vyapam scam cases from SIT to CBI will take time and the state investigating agencies be allowed to file charge sheets in the cases in which the probe is complete.
“Otherwise, the accused will get statutory bail on account of default of non-filing of charge sheets within stipulated time period,” the CBI said.
On July 9, the Supreme Court ordered that all all Vyapam cases and the alleged deaths linked to it be transferred to the CBI.
The Congress has alleged that about 49 people linked to Vyapam have died under mysterious circumstances. The alleged multi-crore professional examination scam involves several high-profile professionals, politicians and bureaucrats.