CBI gives clean chit to Chouhan: Vyapam

In a major relief for Madhya Pradesh chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, CBI concluded that there was “no tampering“ in the hard disk recovered from the office of Madhya Pradesh Professional Examination Board or Vyapam that had allegedly “deleted“ references to the letters `CM'. The alleged tampering was the basis on which Congress leader Digvijaya Singh levelled allegations of irregularities against Chouhan but CBI has, in its chargesheet filed in a special court, dismissed the claim. Singh could face prosecution for fabricated documents in keeping with CBI's submissions to the SC earlier this year.

“The computer from which the hard disk was seized was last shut down on July 15, 2013, three days before Indore Police searches. Nobody accessed any files on that computer after July 15,“ said CBI.

It has been reported earlier that CBI is veering around to the view that there was “no political conspiracy“ or “organised syndicate“ behind Vyapam cases and the alleged mysterious deaths of key figures associated with the scam and its investigation. CBI said most cases were individual irregularities. CBI's chargesheet said a detailed forensic analysis of the hard disk of the computer showed there was no file on “CM“.

To the contrary , the agency found that false documents and digital records were used to level allegations against Chouhan.

Digvijaya Singh and Vyapam whistle-blower Prashant Pandey had approached the Supreme Court alleging that the hard disk recovered from the computer of Vyapam accused Nitin Mohindra on July 18, 2013, was “tampered“ and the word `CM' (referring to Shivraj Singh Chouhan) deleted at 48 places.

CBI said “no tampering was done in the hard disk“ as alleged by Digvijaya Singh and Prashant Pandey .

Singh and Pandey had also separately claimed to be in possession of a pen drive having telephone numbers of Chouhan and his wife and that they exchanged messages with some of the accused in Vyapam scam.

“Two pen drives, one kept in custody of the Delhi HC on the petition of Pandey and the other submitted by him to CBI in a sealed cover were sent to CFSL, Hyderabad, for analysis. The pen drives as per the claims of Pandey contained the tampered and untampered versions of the impugned excel file,“ said CBI.

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