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.


    Read:

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    Many mystery deaths and 2,000 arrests: All about MP's Vyapam scam

    Whistleblowers in MP exam scam spooked by mystery deaths, threats

Parliament to policy: Top 10 moments of Modi Sarkar in 30 days

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
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  • Updated: Jun 24, 2014 17:49 IST

The Bharatiya Janata Party's Narendra Modi had sought 60 months from the Indian electorate to transform the country. After taking charge as the Prime Minister of India, he was quick in framing rules for his ministers and took some strong decisions.
 
From his swearing-in ceremony to his first foreign visit to Bhutan, we track the PM's first 30 days in office and bring to you the top 10 moments of the 'Modi sarkar'.


Modi with SAARC leaders

Prime Minister Narendra Modi invited leaders of Saarc countries for his swearing-in ceremony on May 26. Modi described the invitation to Saarc leaders as a "right decision at the right time" and said his first major foreign policy initiative had sent out a message to the world about India's strength.

President Pranab Mukherjee, Vice President Hamid Ansari and Prime Minister Narendra Modi with heads of SAARC countries after the swearing-in ceremony at Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi. PTI Photo


Modi-Sharif meeting

A day after he was sworn in as India's 15th PM, Modi met Pakistan prime minister Nawaz Sharif at Hyderabad House. He asked his Pakistan counterpart to clamp down on terror and fast-track trade to bridge the trust deficit.

Nawaz Sharif and Narendra Modi prior to a meeting at Hydrabad House, in New Delhi on May 27. (Ajay Aggarwal / HT Photo)


First day in Parliament

In his first address to party colleagues in Parliament, Modi bowed in respect at the steps of the House and gave a 30-minute speech that moved almost everyone present in the Central Hall.

In this combo photo, PM Narendra Modi bows down in respect at the steps of the Parliament house upon his arrival to attend the BJP parliamentary party meeting in New Delhi on May 20. (Sonu Mehta/ HT Photo)

First speech in Lok Sabha

Delivering his first speech in Parliament, the PM spoke of the urgent need to clean up politics, arming the youth with job-acquiring skills and ensuring equitable development. He also lashed out at politicians offering outrageous explanations for a spate of rapes in the country.

Narendra Modi during the discussion on President's address in Lok Sabha in New Delhi. (PTI Photo / TV Grab)

PM chairs cabinet meeting

Modi instructed his ministers to prepare their respective agenda for the first 100 days in office and ensure their time-bound delivery.

Modi chairing the first Cabinet Meeting of his government in New Delhi. (PTI Photo)


Visit to Bhutan

In his first foreign visit after becoming the PM, Modi met Bhutanese King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck and called for greater economic ties. Terming the bilateral ties as Bharat to Bhutan (B2B) relations, Modi said India and Bhutan are "made for each other" considering the "glorious" traditional linkages between the two countries.

In this handout photograph released by the Royal Office of Media Bhutan, Prime Minister Narendra Modi stands with Bhutanese King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck (R) and former Bhutanese King Jigme Singye Wangchuck (L) during a cultural event at the Tashichhodzong Palace in Thimphu on June 16. (AFP Photo/Royal Office of Media Bhutan)


Modi interacts with secretaries of the government

In his interaction with top bureaucrats, the PM asked them to shake off outdated practices and harness information technology.

Modi interacts with Secretaries of the Government of India, during their meeting in New Delhi. (PTI Photo)

'Sari Diplomacy'

When Nawaz Sharif gifted a 'white sari' to Modi's mother, the PM thanked his Pakistani counterpart and took to Twitter to announce this. Earlier, the PM had gifted a shawl to Sharif's mother during latter's visit to India.

PM Modi's mother Hiraba looks at the 'sari' sent for her by Pakistani prime minister Nawaz Sharif as a gift, in Gandhinagar. (PTI Photo)

 

'Modi 2.0'

In a surprise praise for the PM, Congress leader Shashi Tharoor said Modi was looking to turn himself from a "hate figure into an avatar of modernity and progress". "We should acknowledge that this may be the evolution of Modi 2.0 but if Modi 1.0 re-emerges, then we will robustly oppose him," Tharoor said.

 

File photos of Congress candidate Shashi Tharoor and PM Narendra Modi.

 

Modi on board INS Vikaramaditya

In his first domestic outing, after taking charge as the PM, Modi visited India's largest warship, INS Vikramaditya, in Goa. He addressed the naval personnel onboard the ship off the Goa coast, calling the addition of the warship as a historic step and asserted India would not be intimidated by any power.

 

PM Modi sits in an aircraft onboard INS Vikramaditya in Goa. (AFP Photo)
 

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