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Vyapam scam: CBI to probe 9 more suspicious deaths

Agency spokesperson says these deaths were not examined by local police; two more cases registered with 175 people named as accused.

india Updated: Jul 19, 2015 10:19 IST
HT Correspondent
Vyapam scam

Students protest against the Vyapam scam. Nearly 1,200 students are accused of gaining admission to medical courses by paying large sums of money. (Mujeeb Faruqui/HT Photo)

The Central Bureau of Investigation on Saturday registered a preliminary enquiry into the “unnatural” deaths of nine people, who were associated to the multi-layered and multi-crore Vyapam scam. The agency claimed the local police had not probed these deaths, despite the fact that most of these deaths are shrouded in mystery.

The nine people whose deaths the CBI has taken cognisance of are Anand Singh, Ashutosh Tiwari, Gyan Singh, Anant Ram Tagore, Ravendra Prakash Singh, Premlata Pandey, Vikas Pandey, Rajendra Arya and Sanjay Kumar Yadav.

Anand Singh, a resident of Uttar Pradesh and a middleman in the scam, had died in a road accident in 2013. Ashutosh Tiwari, according to police records, had died in 2013 due to excessive consumption of alcohol. He was a student of the Gajra Raja Medical College (GRMC), Gwalior. Gyan Singh, also a student at GRMC, died of liver failure, as did Dr Rajendra Arya.

Anant Ram Tagore, a resident of Morena and the father of a student who benefitted due to scam, had died of cancer, as did Hemlata Pandey, accused in the teachers’ recruitment scam. Ravendra Prakash Singh, an MBBS student from Singrauli, committed suicide in 2014. Vikas Pandey, a middleman from Allahabad, died due to a brain haemorrhage in 2014. Sanjay Yadav, a Special Armed Forces jawan from Bhopal, was an arrest witness of the Special Task Force and died of jaundice in February, 2015.

The CBI on Saturday also registered two other cases where a total of 175 people were named accused. The first case dealt with alleged illegalities in the Contractual School Teachers Eligibility Test (grade 3) conducted in 2011 by Vyapam with 99 people have been accused. The second case was registered to probe alleged illegalities in Contractual School Teachers Eligibility Test (grade 2) conducted in 2011 and included the names of 76 persons.


CBI to set up camp office in Gwalior

The Central Bureau of Investigation team probing the Vyapam scam has decided to set up a camp office in Gwalior with 50 cases related to the multi-crore scandal registered in the city.

In fact, Gwalior has the second-largest number of Vypam scam-related cases registered, after Bhopal. Earlier, the Madhya Pradesh high court had allowed four special courts to exclusively deal with the scam-related cases, while five such courts were sanctioned for Bhopal.

Sources said that out of the 50 cases registered in Gwalior, in 12 of them charge-sheets have already been presented in court. More than 300 people accused in the scam have been arrested from places in and around Gwalior, while 200 are still absconding.


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