‘CM Chouhan withheld information on Vyapam’

Documents got via RTI contradict his statements in M.P. Assembly.

Updated - November 17, 2021 01:54 am IST

Published - July 11, 2015 02:34 am IST - New Delhi

Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan.

Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan.

Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan has withheld information on the Vyapam scam from the Vidhan Sabha on various occasions.

The replies he gave during Question Hour in the House date back to his previous tenure as Chief Minister.

Documents with The Hindu show that Mr. Chouhan, who held the Medical Education portfolio from December 2008 to March 2012 when irregularities in the pre-medical test were detected, gave replies contrary to facts.

Mr. Chouhan told the Vidhan Sabha on February 23, 2012, that orders had been issued for sending allegedly fake signatures and photographs of candidates to the Central Forensic Science Laboratories in Hyderabad and Chandigarh for a second opinion after tests at the State lab.

To Right to Information applications filed by whistle-blower Ashish Chaturvedi in 2012, both laboratories revealed they had never received the samples.

“As per records, no such case is received by the document division, CFSL, Hyderabad,” the Hyderabad laboratory wrote to the applicant. A week later, he got a similar reply from Chandigarh.

The BJP said the Congress was raising an old issue. “If the Congress found anything wrong with the information provided by the CM, it should have raised this issue in the Assembly,” spokesperson G.V.L. Narasimha Rao said.

Chouhan misled House, says Opposition leader

Mr. Chouhan told the Vidhan Sabha in 2011 that no candidate who got admission through fraudulent means in the State medical and dental colleges between 2007 and 2010 had been identified.

“But on November 19, 2009, the M.P. Nagar police registered an FIR identifying nine fake candidates. In 2010, 40 more such candidates were identified. The CM was misleading the house more than one year later. The matter related to a department directly under him,” Satyadev Katare, Leader of the Opposition in the Vidhan Sabha, told The Hindu. The said FIR was registered on a complaint by a Vyapam official.

Mr. Chouhan made the statement when Opposition MLA Pratap Grewal asked if there had been fake admissions in the medical and dental colleges between 2007 and 2010 and if the government had constituted a committee to look into the matter on December 17, 2009. The MLA sought details on fake candidates.

Responding to the questions on March 31, 2011, Mr. Chouhan replied in the affirmative to the first two queries. But he said no fake candidates had been identified and therefore, no details were available. Mr. Katare alleged that Mr. Chouhan had repeatedly misled the house. “In January 2014, the Chief Minister admitted to 1,000 fake admissions, but the scam involved many times that number,” he said.

Defending the Chief Minister, the BJP said the Congress was raising an old issue and running a political campaign against him. “If the Congress found anything wrong with the information provided by the Chief Minister, they should have raised this issue in the Assembly,” party spokesperson G.V.L. Narasimha Rao said.


Noting that it will not allow even one more death, the Supreme Court transferred all criminal and death cases linked to the Vyapam scam to the Central Bureau of Investigation for a “fair and impartial” probe.

Far from the truth

Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister gave replies contrary to facts to legislators

Nov 19, 2009:

FIR filed identifying nine fake examinees

Mar 31, 2011:

Chouhan says no impersonators have been identified

Feb 23, 2012:

Says candidate proofs sent to Forensic labs for verification

Labs reveal samples not received

The Supreme Court has ordered a CBI probe into the multi-crore cash-for-jobs scam in the Madhya Pradesh Professional Examination Board that has resulted in unexplained deaths of key accused and witnesses.

A Trail of graft and gore

  • 1982: Vyaysayik Pareeksha Mandel (Vyapam) set up to conduct entrance examinations for pro-fessional courses
  • 2008: Recruitment tests for government Jobs also included
  • July 5, 2009: Widespread irregularities in recruitments come to light
  • 2009: Medical exam paper leaked; first complaint filed
  • December, 2009: Chief Minister forms panel to probe scam
  • Jul 7, 2013: Police register FIR, arrest 20 impersonators
  • Jul 16, 2013: Jag-dish Sagar, kingpin of scam, arrested
  • Aug 26, 2013: STF takes over probe, 55 FIRs registered
  • Oct 9, 2013: Admissions of 345 examinees cancelled
  • Dec 18,2013: Ex-Higher Education Minister Laxmikant Sharma booked
  • Jun 29, 2015: SIT says 23 people related to scam died due to 'Unnatural causes"; unofficial count puts figure at 46
  • July 7: Chouhan agrees to CBI probe

The Whistleblowers

Ashish Chaturvedi, 26-year-old social activist from Gwalior, claims CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan is a key player in the scam.

Prashant Pandey, cyber expert roped in by the STF, retrieved key Vyapam files.

Anvil Rai, Indore-based RTI activist flied a PIL which led to the probe.

Vyapam scam

  • » The Vyapam scam in Madhya Pradesh dates back to 2007, with investigations in the case starting after some details came to light in 2013.
  • » It has been alleged by the Congress as well as several social activists that the officials took money to compromise the examination and recruitment.
  • »Editorials:>The Vyapam scam trail
  • >The tentacles of Vyapam
  • » CBI probe is just a start, says Digvijaya Singh in an >interview to The Hindu
  • » Congress leaders openly accused MP CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan and his wife of being involved in the scam. Later, they submitted the "original evidence".
  • » Earlier this year, Chief Minister Chouhan claimed in a >letter to Congress president Sonia Gandhi that the developments regarding the Vyapam scam provided proof of his honesty as he was the one who ordered a probe into it.
  • »> Here are five things you need to know about Vyapam Scam.
  • >

    SC transfers Vyapam investigation to CBI

    The whistleblowers are Ashish Chaturvedi, Dr Anand Rai and Prashant Pandey seeking an apex court-monitored CBI probe into the scam.

  • >

    Madhya Pradesh Governor may be on way out

    The indications came after Home Minister Rajnath Singh met President Pranab Mukherjee on June 09.

  • >

    MP lawyer Adarsh Munni Trivedi falls ill

    The chairman of MP HC Bar Association, who had in the past represented petitioners seeking a CBI probe in the scam, took ill and his family suspected an attempt at food poisoning.

  • >

    Medico Namrata Damor's death

    The police initially filed a case of murder, but while filing a closure report in 2014, termed it a suicide.

  • >

    Spate of deaths raises disturbing questions

    The Madhya Pradesh govt. rejected a demand for CBI probe.

  • >

    Another Vyapam scam accused dies in MP

    Narendra Singh Tomar died under mysterious circumstances in an Indore jail.

  • >

    Madhya Pradesh Governor Ram Naresh Yadav's involvement

    The Special Task Force probed the alleged involvement of Governor Ram Naresh Yadav. But later, the >FIR against him was quahed.

High-profile deaths

> Shailesh Yadav

He was found dead at his home in Lucknow in March. He was accused of taking money to help candidates from Bhind clear the exam for contractual teachers.

> D.K. Sakalley

He was the Dean of Jabalpur Medical College. He was also allegedly linked to the scam; he died of burns under suspicious circumstances.

> Akshay Singh

He worked for TV Today group, died soon after interviewing parents of a girl who was an accused and had herself died in suspicious circumstances.

> Arun Sharma

He was also the Dean of the Jabalpur-based College. He was probing fake examinees in the Scam. He was found dead in a hotel in Delhi.


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