NEW DELHI: The dean of a medical college in Jabalpur in Madhya Pradesh was found dead this morning at a hotel in Delhi where he had arrived yesterday. He was supposed to head to Agartala from Delhi as part of an inspection team of Medical Council of India.
Dr Arun Kumar, Dean of NS Medical College
The college Dr Arun Sharma headed was linked to the Vyapam recruitment scam which has engulfed top officials in Madhya Pradesh and is hinged on politicians and bureaucrats allegedly accepting kickbacks in exchange for allowing imposters to take the recruitment exam for government jobs and admission to colleges.
The dean who was found dead in Delhi today was assisting the Special Task Force that is probing Vyapam scam, by providing documents on fake medical entrance examinees in the state-run medical college that he headed.
Dr Sharma had taken over as dean of the NS Medical College only two months ago. The earlier dean, Dr DK Sakalle was found burnt to death at his home two years ago, senior Congress leader Digvijaya Singh tweeted today.
Police sources said whiskey and some medicines were found near Dr Sharma’s bed. They said a post-mortem will be conducted after his son arrives in the capital.
At least 33 people who were either witnesses or accused in the scam have died over the last five years, leading to a demand for a CBI inquiry by the opposition.
Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, ruling out a probe by the CBI into the Vyapam scam and related deaths, today said the High Court is already monitoring the probe and the state government has no role in it.