New Delhi: CBI today registered two more cases in the Vyapam scam, which involves alleged irregularities in the conduct of Pre-Medical Tests by the Madhya Pradesh Professional Examination Board between 2007 and 2010, taking the total number of cases to 61.
The first case relates to the PMT examination in 2009 and has been registered against 42 accused upon allegations of cheating, criminal conspiracy and forgery under Indian Penal Code besides violation of MP Recognised Examination Act, 1937, a CBI spokesperson said here today.
"The second case has been registered... against 10 accused relating to alleged illegalities in the Pre-Medical Entrance tests of 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010 conducted by Vyapam," she said.
These two cases have taken the number of total cases to 61 as the Vyapam scam is on its way to becoming the largest probe with the central agency in terms of cases registered by it.
Supreme Court had recently pulled up CBI and asked it to accomplish its taking over of Vyapam scam related cases by August 24 and report back to it.
Former state education minister Laxmikant Sharma and several top bureaucrats are currently in jail in connection with the scam.
Also, Madhya Pradesh Governor Ram Naresh Yadav has been accused of favouring some aspirants although the FIR against him was dropped on the orders of Madhya Pradesh High Court as he enjoys immunity by virtue of his office.
Huge irregularities in recruitments to various government jobs by Madhya Pradesh Professional Examination Board, or Vyapam, are being probed by CBI following a Supreme Court direction in this regard. Professionals, high-profile politicians and bureaucrats are believed to be involved in the scam.