Pre-medical Test (PMT) scam whistleblower Ashish Chaturvedi appeared in a Gwalior court on Tuesday, but refused to depose until it took guarantee of his life and well-being.
Expressing apprehension that he could be killed by powerful people involved in the scam, Chaturvedi said the police were not doing their job to provide him adequate security.
In fact, the police were helping those who want to eliminate him, he alleged.
Chaturvedi, who was threatened by a person recently that he would be shot dead, alleged that he was a policeman sent by his superiors so that he didn’t depose before the court against Rahul Yadav, a close relative of Hari Singh Yadav, a former IPS officer.
It was in this case the whistleblower had appeared in the court of district and sessions judge (Gwalior) Satish Chandra Sharma.
After the PMT scam broke in 2013, Chaturvedi had lodged an FIR against Rahul Yadav stating that he passed the test and later acquired an MBBS degree without having passed Class 12, the minimum eligibility required to appear in the PMT.
By that time, Rahul’s elder brother Deepak Yadav, found to be kingpin of a PMT racket, had been arrested by the Special Task Force.
Deepak and Rahul are still in jail. Deepak is son-in-law of former deputy inspector general (Gwalior) Hari Singh Yadav.
After receiving a written application from Chaturvedi over security, the judge summoned additional superintendent of police Rahul Lodha for providing security, and instructed him to ensure adequate security to the whistleblower so that he could depose in the case.
Responding to Chaturvedi’s request for security from a central security force, the judge said providing him security was not in his jurisdiction and if he so wished, he could move the high court.
"They come and go according to their convenience and never do anything to let me feel assured. If someone is threatening me, they would stand and smile. I don’t need such PSOs," Chaturvedi told HT over phone.