Bhopal: CBI on Friday gave its consent for in-camera trial in the Vyapam scam in Gwalior special court following an application moved by whistleblower Ashish Chaturvedi.
The court has asked CBI to give its consent in writing by the next hearing. Chaturvedi’s counsel argued in court that he is a ‘star witness’ in the Vyapam scam cases, and since he is the complainant in the matter, his deposition should be “without any duress and coercion”. He said that Chaturvedi has often faced “harassment” at the hands of opposition counsel at the time of recording of his testimony in court.
“The present hostile atmosphere for the witness is not only bad for his safety, but it’s also gross injustice with him in a matter of national importance,” reads the petition, adding: “Many of the witnesses have turned hostile and the present witness fears the same for himself. If the star witness turns hostile, the matter will come to standstill. Therefore, it is in the interest of justice and in the interest of safety that Chaturvedi’s proceedings in court may be video-recorded to avoid any misbehaviour or coercion by opposition counsel.”
Recently, the State Information Commission (SIC) ordered police to conduct an inquiry and submit a report on allegations of camera surveillance on Chaturvedi. He had complained to the commission that police were not sharing any documents related to the issue.
After hearing his plea, the commission issued a four-point order, asking police to file a reply with the names, addresses and contact numbers of the officers who had put him under surveillance, papers pertaining to the orders issued in this regard, officers who were watching the footage and the site where the recordings are stored.



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