Media reports on the suspicious death of another Professional Examination Board (PEB) scam accused has put the Shivraj Singh Chouhan government, which is already under fire on the issue, further on the defensive.
According to sources, Amit Sagar, a postgraduate student of Mhow, had died after he fell into the Chambal on February 18 in Sheopur, when he had gone for morning walk.
His involvement in the MPPEB scam came to the fore much later when a police team from Balghat visited Sagar's home in Shyopur town for verification of his handwriting.
The police told the family members that Sagar had allegedly rigged the forest guard recruitment-2013 and was a suspect in MPPEB scam.
While his family has refused to accept Sagar's involvement in a scam, they have however maintained that he appeared to have had "died in an accident."
The family members however could not provide the name of any suspect.
In a swift move, the state government spokesperson has clarified that Amit had died in February while his role in the scam came under the Special Task Force (STF) scanner in May and therefore "the two could not be related."