A high-profile accused in the Madhya Pradesh examination and recruitment scam has left prison authorities baffled with behaviour described as “unusual” though jail doctors have declared him mentally fit.
Vinod Bhandari, a former chairman of the Shri Aurobindo Institute of Medical Science in Indore, was arrested by the special task force on January 30 last year for his alleged involvement in the 2012 pre-medical and pre-PG medical tests scam and irregularities in recruitment of sub-inspectors and police constables the same year.
He had fled to Mauritius after his name appeared among the accused in the scam but was later arrested when he returned to the country. He is lodged at the Central Jail in Bhopal.
"He behaves unusually whenever he is brought out of the barrack.For the last couple of days, he starts shouting when he is taken for dinner and suddenly starts laughing," said a jail officer on the condition of anonymity.
Bhandari also breaks down at times and cries loudly, the official added.
The officer said that a Bhandari underwent a medical check-up when his unusual behaviour was first noticed but he was "found mentally fit".
"He is under depression but normal," said a doctor posted at the jail. Bhandari's name had first surfaced after the arrest of a middleman, Pradeep Raghuvanshi.
During interrogation, Raghuvanshi had said that Bhandari had links with former MPPEB controller of exams Pankaj Trivedi and former principle system analyst Nitin Mahindra.
Bhandari is accused of manipulating the merit list of the 2012 pre-PG medical test.
He is among over 1,800 people arrested so far in the multi-layered and multi-crore scandal.