Turning on the heat, on the ruling BJP government in the state, the Congress Party said that powerful people were involved in the rising number of deaths of persons associated with the Vyapam scam and demanded that the Supreme Court must look into the matter. “We are all very concerned about it and are going to the Supreme Court now,” Congress leader Digvijaya Singh told reporters . “This is the biggest scam ever and some powerful people are involved in it. I believe the Supreme Court should look into the matter,” he added.
As per media reports, 42 people, including the accused and the witnesses in this case, have died. 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.
Moreover, the mysterious Vyapam scam is snowballing, as yet another death of a suspect surfaced in the high profile racket, in Madhya Pradesh. Amit Sagar, who was a veterinary student, was found dead in a pond in Sheopur district of the state, in February in 2015. He was named by the prime accused in the case, Indrajeet Bhushan, who hails from Bihar. Bhushan was arrested by police as a mastermind in the PMT paper leak. During the interrogation, in May, Indrajeet revealed Amit’s name. When the police tried to contact Amit, it was found that he was already dead.
This is reportedly the 44th death in connection with Vyapam scam. The Special Investigating Team (SIT) probing the scandal had submitted to the MP High Court that so far, 23 deceased in the MPPEB scam had died unnatural deaths.
However, refusing to order a probe by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) into the deaths, Madhya Pradesh Home Minister Babu Lal Gaur claimed that the deaths have no connection to the Vyapam scam.
The most high-profile death was that of Shailesh Yadav, son of Madhya Pradesh Governor Ram Naresh Yadav. Shailesh, 50, was found dead at his father’s residence, in Mall Avenue area of Lucknow, on March 25, in 2015. Ram Naresh Yadav, a former Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, was also an accused in the MPPEB scam before getting relief from the court. Several politicians, including former Education Minister Laxmikant Sharma, a host of officials and scores of aspirants have been arrested in the case. Congress has even accused Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan of complicity in the scam.