One of the most high-profile accused in the multi-layered Vyapam scam, former higher and technical education minister Laxmikant Sharma, was expected to be released on bail on Sunday.
Sharma was to be released from Bhopal central jail on Saturday but formalities took time and the process was delayed. “It took time to get all the formalities done at the court and the documents reached the jail late. Hence, he will be released on Sunday,” said Umakant Sharma, Laxmikant’s brother.
The former minister is among the highest government functionaries to be jailed in the widespread exam-rigging scandal that has seen dozens of people killed under mysterious circumstances since probes into the fraud began. The former minister was an accused in seven cases related to the job recruitment and admissions scam. He was earlier granted bail in six cases. His bail in the last case, however, was granted on Thursday.
Sources said his followers and BJP workers are expected to gather outside the jail at 9 am on Sunday when he is likely to be released. Jail sources said Sharma told officials that after his release, he would reply to all the charges levelled against him.
Meanwhile, another key accused in the scam and former officer on special duty to governor Ram Naresh Yadav, Dhanraj Yadav, was released on bail on Saturday.