Vyapam scam: Five mysteries that CBI will have to solve

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Bhopal
  • Updated: Jul 17, 2015 10:51 IST
Namrata Damor, an accused in the Vyapam scam, was found dead on railway tracks in 2012. (File Photo)

The Central Bureau of Investigation that has been tasked with unraveling the multi-layered Vyapam scam has started its investigation into the scandal. The central agency filed its first cases on Wednesday, focusing on a clutch of medical examinations held between 2009 and 2011 that an allegedly compromised state-level probe did not investigate.

Here are the five mysteries that the CBI will have to solve:

1.The Namrata Damor case: Accused and prime witness

Nineteen year old Namrata Damor’s death is the biggest mystery in the case. Damor, herself accused of taking the illegal route to gain admission in Gwalior medical college, died mysteriously in January 7, 2012. The police believe that she committed suicide given that she was suffering from depression. The mystery of her death deepened further with two sets of doctors giving entirely different causes of death. Many relate her death to her being witness to many crucial facts about the case.
With differing versions of causes the CBI now must to dig out the truth.

2. Deadly links

Death of accused Narendra Tomar in Indore district jail on June 29, 2015 and TV reporter Akshay Singh on July 4, 2015 are equally mysterious. Besides this, eight suicides by accused, 13 deaths in road accidents, nine deaths under mysterious circumstances and one death by burning all offer a challenge.

3. The Vyapam Fire

A fire was reported in the Vyapam (MMPEB) office soon after the scam hit headlines. The STF said that a disk was erased and some crucial documents went missing after the fire. The questions that need answering are what caused that fire and was it a deliberate act?

4. The telling silence of Laxmikant Sharma

Former education minister Laxmikant Sharma, in jail as a Vyapam accused for the past two years, has not revealed any bigwigs' names even after grilling. The question is-Was he properly interrogated ?

5. Missing Links

Only 20 solvers or impersonators are at present in jail, whereas interrogators have confirmed that there were at least 200 of them appearing for exams at various centres. Where are they now?

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