Vyapam scam: SC sends notice to MP Guv, Centre

RSTV Bureau

Ram_naresh_yadavThe Supreme Court on Friday issued notice to the Governor of Madhya Pradesh Ram Naresh Yadav on a plea seeking his removal on the grounds of his alleged involvement in the Vyapam scam. The Centre was also sought to respond to the plea besides the Governor.

The plea has also sought directions from the apex court for the formulation of guidelines on removal of Governors if they are found to be involved in corrupt practices while being in office. The plea states that the directions are to be submitted to the Ministry of Home Affairs.

A bench comprising Chief Justice H L Dattu , Justices Shiva Kirti Singh and Amitava Roy allowed the submission of senior advocate Kapil Sibal, appearing for the petitioner, that the notice be issued. The petition has been filed by activist Sanjay Shukla.

Earlier also, the apex court had agreed to hear another plea seeking removal of Yadav from the post of Governor for his alleged involvement in the scam, currently being probed by CBI. The earlier petition, filed by a group of lawyers, had sought removal of Yadav and recording of his statement in the case.

Alongside the Governor of Madhya Pradesh, the multi-crore rupee professional examination scam in Madhya Pradesh involves several high-profile professionals, politicians and bureaucrats as accused.

Notably, both the houses of Parliament witnessed strong protest by the Congress and other opposition parties over the ‘Vyapam’ scam and Lalit Modi controversy. The Congress has been demanding the resignation of  Madhya Pradesh CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan who is under fire for the scam.

Madhya Pradesh Professional Examination Board (MPPEB), popularly known as Vyapam, holds examinations for various posts such as teachers, medical officers, constables and forest guards.

(With inputs from PTI)