Over 50 accused in the Vyapam scam, who are lodged in Bhopal jail, have now written to the President of India seeking permission to end their lives, if they were not given bail.
The petition, sent by 58 accused on Sunday, comes close on the heels of a similar petition submitted by 70 medical students lodged in the Gwalior central jail on Saturday.
In their petition, the 58 under trials have said that the accused in the most heinous crimes, like rape and murder, get a bail within some months but they were not being granted bail. “We do not want to be in jail any further. If courts don’t find us fit for bail, despite being in jail for two years or a little less, we should be allowed to commit suicide rather than (be left to) rot in jail,” the letter said.
Unlike Gwalior, there are a number of key accused in the Vyapam scam, like former minister Laxmikant Sharma, former controller of Vyapam exam Pankaj Trivedi, Congress leader Sanjeev Saxena, husband of senior IAS officer Amit Pandey, brother of senior IPS officer Bharat Mishra, mining baron Sudhir Sharma, etc. Bharat Mishra is one of the signatories to the petition.
The signatories said that though chief minister’s private assistant Prem Prasad was facing similar charges, he could secure anticipatory bail.
“Not all of them are in jail for two years. Some of them have been arrested just a couple of months ago or less and are likely to get bail in course of time, but taking cue from medical students of Gwalior, they seem to have filed a petition before the President,” said advocate Sanjeev Gupta, who is the lawyer for a couple of key Vyapam accused.