More than 40 dead in Vyapam Scam; Babu Lal Gaur rejects CBI probe

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MP CM, Babu Lal Gaur
MP Home Minister, Babu Lal Gaur

After a series of suspicious deaths, of several suspects and witnesses of the Vyapam scam, the supposed CBI probe has been rejected by the Madhya Pradesh home minister Babu Lal Gaur, on Monday, a day after two more accused in the case were found dead, under mysterious circumstances.The Home Minister has termed the deaths connected with the Vyapam scams as ‘natural’.  “One who has come will eventually go. The prisoners die daily because of illness. There is no need for a CBI inquiry. All deaths are natural.” Gaur said to the PTI on June 29, here.

Around forty people involved in the case have died so far, all under suspicious circumstances. The most high profile of the cases, was the death of former MP governor Ram Naresh Yadav’s son Shailesh Yadav, who succumbed after suffering a brain haemorrhage, in March.

The recent deaths, however, were of forty year old Dr Rajendra Arya, at Birla Hospital 28 June reportedly due to a disease, and of Narendra Singh Tomar, 29, in Indore jail, reasons unknown.

Arya, who reportedly holds an MBBS degree, had allegedly helped two students clear Pre-Medical Tests (PMTs) conducted by MPPEB, in 2007 and 2008. Tomar was an accused in the Pre-Medical Test conducted by MPPEB, in 2009. He was said to have arranged for impostors who had written the papers, in place of genuine aspirants.

Calling the Vyapam scam, the biggest cover up story of India, senior advocate Vivek Tankha said, “I have never heard of such a big scam anywhere in world. It is India’s biggest cover up story. We are going to move the Supreme Court over the matter now. We have trust in the Supreme Court; will place all the facts there. It is unprecedented that more than 40 persons have died.”

Several politicians, including former education minister, Laxmikant Sharma, a host of officials and scores of aspirants, have been arrested in the case.

Congress leaders had met Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the past, seeking the Center’s intervention in the Vyapam scam and also claimed to have submitted solid evidence showing Chief Minister, Shivraj Singh Chouhan’s involvement in it.

Regarding the Congress’ demand for a CBI probe into the issue, Gaur said, even the Supreme court has rejected the demand. He added that the inquiry into the scam is presently going on under strict monitoring of the Madhya Pradesh High Court.

The Vyapam Scam involved the Madhya Pradesh Professional Examination Board, which holds exams for positions like medical officers, constables, teachers and auditors for government departments. Candidates allegedly bribed government officials to ensure that they made it to the list of those who cleared the test.

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