Less than 24 hours after the mysterious death of a journalist covering the Vyapam scam, the dean of a medical college in Madhya Pradesh who was assisting the probe, was found dead in a Delhi hotel on Sunday

    The two back-to-back deaths deepened suspicions about a systematic elimination of people linked to the racket and sparked further demands by Opposition parties for an independent probe.

    Delhi Police said no prima facie evidence suggested foul play in the death of 64-year-old Arun Sharma but didn’t rule out suicide as Opposition parties mounted pressure on the BJP for a Supreme Court-monitored CBI probe.

    Sharma, the dean of Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Medical College and Hospital in Jabalpur, died a day after a television journalist Akshay Singh passed away while interviewing family members of a student whose mutilated body was found on a railway track in 2012.

    Read: Vyapam scam: Cops say scribe death natural, autopsy report awaited 

    The death also comes exactly a year after the charred body of his predecessor DK Sakalle,60, was found at his house in Jabalpur. Dr Sharma was reportedly close to Dr Sakalle.

    Police said Sharma was found dead at a hotel in southwest Delhi’s Kapashera and an almost empty bottle of alcohol was found in the room that was locked from the inside.

    Sharma had checked into the hotel in Dwarka Saturday evening and was scheduled to fly to Agartala this morning for an official inspection of a medical college there, police said.

    His son told the police that he had been suffering from some heart ailments. Some medicines were also found in the room, police said.

    The Indian Medical Association’s Jabalpur unit president Sudhir Tiwari said Sharma handed over about 200 documents to a special task force regarding admissions to the medical college.

    Whistleblowers said Sharma’s death was important because hundreds of students from his institution were involved in rigging professional tests conducted by the MP Professional Examination Board (PEB) that has seen over 2,000 arrests.

    Organised rackets employed imposters, manipulated seating arrangements and forged answer sheets as part of the Vyapam scam, called so from PEB’s Hindi acronym.

    With the mysterious death of two persons in two days in connection with the scam, Congress and AAP demanded an independent probe into the scam.

    “Vyapam scam n all deaths so far ought to be thoroughly investigated. Guilty must be punished,” Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal tweeted as the AAP announced a nationwide protest on July 11.


    Congress leader Rahul Gandhi was among the prominent leaders who attended Singh’s funeral in the evening as the party demanded an independent probe.

    The Centre also stepped in, with home minister Rajnath Singh calling up Chouhan and reportedly asking him to conduct a probe into the journalist’s death.

    CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan has so far ruled out a CBI probe into the deaths.

    Nearly 40 people linked to the scandal have died over the past few years, triggering allegations that witnesses, whistleblowers and accused were being silenced.


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Ranbir Kapoor wants to play the bad guy

  • IANS, New Delhi
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  • Updated: Apr 10, 2013 01:09 IST
  • Deepika and Ranbir look cheerful in this second poster of Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani with colours splashed all over them.

  • Do you know what ex-flames Ranbir Kapoor and Deepika Padukone are upto these days? The duo are busy shooting in Pahalgam for their upcoming film ...

  • Ranbir Kapoor and Deepika Padukone are shooting a song in the beautiful valley of Kashmir for Yeh Jawani Hai Deewani. (Photo/Waseem Andrabi)

  • Kalki Koechlin, Ranbir Kapoor and Deepika Padukone pose during their shoot in Kashmir. (Photo/Waseem Andrabi)

  • Aditya Roy Kapur and Kalki Koechlin will be seen in supporting roles. (Photo/Waseem Andrabi)

  • It is romantic film directed by Ayan Mukerji under Karan Johar's Dharma Productions. (Photo/Waseem Andrabi)

  • Yeh Jawani Hai Deewani is Ranbir, Deepika's first film after their break up. (Photo/Waseem Andrabi)

  • This film will also see Madhuri Dixit in an item number. (Photo/Waseem Andrabi)

He says he would love to play a negative role, something that is like an anti-hero. Something without guitars, roses and without a heroine. But no director in Bollywood is apparently willing to give Ranbir Kapoor that chance.

“I have been asking this for a long time, and I hope the directors are listening and coming up with scripts like that,” said the 30-year-old, who has received critical acclaim for his portrayal of a troubled singer in Rockstar (2011) and a deaf and mute man in Barfi! (2012).

However, the Kapoor scion is now busy shooting Ayan Mukerji’s Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani in which he has jived to a number in the signature style of his grand-uncle, Shammi Kapoor.

Titled Badtameez Dil, the song has Ranbir performing steps that seem inspired from songs such as Aaja Aaja Main Hoon Pyaar Tera (Teesri Manzil, 1966) and Baar Baar Dekho (China Town, 1962).

Ayan Mukerji, the director of the film, however feels that the similarities are coincidental. “I don’t know if we can call it an ode to Shammiji; it wasn’t a planned move. But now, when we look at some of the moves and Ranbir’s mad energy, the similarities can’t be ignored,” says Mukerji.

 

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