The Bharatiya Janata Party, suspended Gulab Singh Kirar, who was on the run, after his name appeared as an accused in the Vyapam scam. The action was taken by the BJP following an FIR lodged by the CBI against him for his alleged involvement in the pre-medical test scam.
Kirar, who holds the rank of Chairman (States Backward Classes Commission) and enjoys a minister of state position, had paid loads, to the Vyapam officials to get his son, Shakti Pratap Singh, admitted to a medical college. After pursuing a BDS degree from outside the state, Shakti did his MBBS from a private medical college, after manipulating his admission. In 2011, he also managed to top the pre-PG test because of his father’s influential position and involvement in the Vyapam scandal.
Kirar, along with wife and son, had gone underground after the arrest of middleman Navin Sharma by the STF. Sharma had allegedly assisted Kirar in securing admission for the latter’s son. The middleman was arrested during STF raids in Gwalior.
Gulab Singh Kirar, hailing from Bhind, was once an active member of the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP), after which he joined the BJP and soon became powerful within the party due to his connections with the top brass. The Congress is attacking his alleged proximity with Madhya Pradesh CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan, on account of them belonging to the same community.
Kirar’s name had initially disappeared from the accused list. However, after complaints made by whistleblower Ashish Chaturvedi, the STF is now on his pursuit. The suspended leader also has a Rs 3,000 reward on his head.