Ill health prevents MP governor from attending son’s funeral

  • HT Correspondents, Hindustan Times, Lucknow/Bhopal
  • Updated: Mar 26, 2015 22:57 IST

Bad health prevented Madhya Pradesh governor Ramnaresh Yadav on Thursday from attending the funeral of his son Shailesh, the circumstances of whose death in Lucknow remained a mystery.

Shailesh was found dead in his room at the official residence of his father, a former Uttar Pradesh chief minister, on Wednesday morning but police said the post-mortem has remained “inconclusive”.

The ailing Yadav, 86, was flown to Lucknow on Thursday but was not taken to the crematorium where the last rites were performed by an elder brother of Shailesh, family-members said.

The governor, who was undergoing treatment at a hospital in Bhopal, was flown in an air ambulance to Lucknow where he visited the Mall Road residence and spent an hour with family-members, said Kailash, the elder brother of Shailesh.

Kailash said the governor was informed about Shailesh’s death only after he reached Lucknow where he was admitted to the Sanjay Gandhi Post Graduate Institute of Medical Sciences on arrival.

He was taken to his residence in an ambulance with life support system after a detailed medical examination for around two hours, sources said.

Yadav, also an accused in the scam, is likely to remain in Lucknow till the 13th day post-death rituals, family-members said.

Though family-members said they did not suspect any foul play in the death of Shailesh, sources said investigation will now focus on the possibility of poisoning.

Doctors who conducted the postmortem have preserved the viscera and heart, the sources added.

The postmortem report showed injury above the right eyebrow and nose and bruises on the right palm and feet. Besides, traces of blood was found on the deceased’s face when he was found lying on the floor Hazratganj circle officer (CO) Ashok Verma said further action would be based on findings of the viscera and heart examination. He said forensic opinion would also be sought over the post-mortem report findings. Shailesh’s name had cropped up in the multi-crore scam for allegedly fixing the recruitment of 10 candidates as grade III teachers. The scam involves alleged irregularities and corruption in the Madhya Pradesh Professional Examination Board (MPPEB).

In Bhopal, a letter purported to have been written by Shailesh Yadav surfaced on Thursday, giving yet another twist to the case.

The typed letter, written in Hindi and unsigned, was allegedly sent to the special task force (STF) probing the scam claiming innocence. ?STF sources, however, denied, having received any such letter.

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