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Congress Alleges CBI 'Tampered' With Evidence in Vyapam Scam to Save Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, Other Ministers

File photo of Madhya Pradesh CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan.

File photo of Madhya Pradesh CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan.

Kapil Sibal, accompanied by other Congress leaders Vivek Tankha and KTS Tulsi, said the party would support the whistleblowers in the Vyapam case and would "investigate the investigator".

New Delhi: Day after the CBI gave a clean chit to Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan in the Vyapam scam, opposition Congress dubbed the investigating agency as “Compromise Bureau of Investigation”. The party also said that it would move court against the CBI and its officers.

The party further alleged that the investigators had "tampered" with the hard disc of a computer seized from an accused in the case which, they said, had a direct reference to Chouhan and other ministers.

"The CBI has many names and after what the CBI has said on Vyapam, its name now is Compromise Bureau of Investigation," Congress leader Kapil Sibal told reporters.

Sibal, accompanied by party leaders Vivek Tankha and KTS Tulsi, said the Congress would support the whistleblowers in the case and would "investigate the investigator".

"It is unfortunate... in a country where investigative agency works one-sided and flouts the rule of law, what will happen to democracy there, one should think," Sibal said.

Sibal accused the CBI of "tampering" the hard disc. He alleged that a whistle-blower has filed an affidavit in the court that an IT expert had opened the hard disc and a copy of it was sent to an independent lab, whose report has not been taken into account by the CBI.

The party demanded that the hard disc be sent to any international agency for test.

"It has now come to this level...we will now have to investigate the investigator. The Congress party will investigate it. We will all get together and charge-sheet them. We will file a private complaint in the trial court and ask the court to re-investigate. The accuser will become the accused now. The charge-sheeter has to be charge-sheeted," he said.

In a veiled threat to those behind giving clean chit to Chouhan in the case, the former Union minister said, "We are watching very carefully as to who is doing what. In the coming times, we also know who is doing what."

The CBI had on Tuesday filed its charge sheet in the Vyapam scam case and claimed there was no truth in the allegations that data files seized by the state police from an accused and having mention of the word 'CM' were tampered.

The charge sheet filed by the CBI in connection with Pre Medical test for 2013 has listed 490 accused which includes three Vyapam officials - Nitin Mohindra, Ajay Kumar Sen and C K Mishra.

The CBI charge sheet came as a major relief to the Madhya Pradesh chief minister as he had been given a virtual clean chit by the probe agency.

Tankha, the head of Congress's legal cell, said many lawyers would come to the aid of the whistleblowers in the case.

Nominated Rajya Sabha MP Tulsi, while referring to the CBI, alleged that he found it strange that "the black parrot which was caged, it now seems its neck has also been broken".

He said he has not seen a single case where over 50 witnesses have died, but the agency is unable to ascertain as to who the beneficiaries of the money were.

Sibal alleged several officers had been elevated by the government to higher posts in the CBI and the NIA disregarding complaints against them.

"If you keep your own people and the investigator will not do an impartial probe, you can imagine its result. This threat is not before political parties but also to every individual who speaks against this government, as he will face different agencies. We have never seen such a thing by investigating agencies.

"We in the Congress party will now charge-sheet the one who charge-sheets others and will get together to tell the Madhya Pradesh court to do justice in the case," Sibal said.

The former Union Minister alleged that whenever it comes to Congress leaders, the CBI always targets them and it does whatever the government asks it to do. However, it never initiates any probe against the ruling party leaders, he alleged.

(With PTI inputs)