CBI on Wednesday told the Supreme Court that Madhya Pradesh DMAT scam, relating to admission in private dental and medical colleges, appears to be many times larger than the Vyapam scam but expressed inability to take over the investigation due to shortage of manpower.
In an affidavit filed in the court, CBI said around 27% of posts from inspector to additional SP level in the agency are vacant and it was impossible for it to take over the new cases as it was already overburdened with Vyapam and chit fund scam cases.
“The DMAT scam as highlighted by the petitioners, purportedly started from 2009 and ever year thousands of aspirants have been admitted in private dental and medical colleges against the management quota. Hence in its scope and depth, the DMAT scam appears to be many times more than the Vyapam scam,“ the affidavit said.
After Vyapam, irregularities and corruption in Madhya Pradesh Dental and Medical Admission Test (DMAT) also came under judicial scrutiny with the SC agreeing to hear a plea for CBI probe in to it andsought a response from the agency .
In its reply, the CBI said, “It is humbly submitted that the CBI is finding it extremely hard and almost impossible to cope with the extent of cases already being investigated, including Vyapam, due to scarcity of resources particularly human resources. The CBI is already probing more than 1000 chit fund scam cases in several states,“ it said.
No CBI probe in Chhattisgarh PDS scam
The Supreme Court on Wednesday refused to entertain a plea seeking CBI probe into the alleged multi-crore PDS scam in Chhattisgarh. The court asked the petitioners to approach the HC.
A bench headed by Justice T S Thakur said that it was difficult for SC to deal with all such cases and the matter should be looked into by the HC. It permitted the petitioners to approach it again, if free and fair probe is not conducted by the state government. Attorney general Mukul Rohatgi and additional advocate general of Chhattisgarh C D Singh said that the petitions were politically motivated and the court should not entertain such pleas.
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