Vyapam scam: CBI takes on the heavyweights of Madhya Pradesh government

Bhopal,Azaan Javaid: The Central Bureau of Investigation on Wednesday registered a set of FIR’s in three cases of illegalities committed during the pre-medical examination conducted by the Vyapam in 2009 to 2011 and named at least eight key officials of the Madhya Pradesh government. Among the names is the state’s Backward Classes and Minorities Commission and his son. Sources also said confirmed that the CBI has also asked for files relating to MP governor’s deceased son who was accused in the Vyapam scam.

The investigation into cases between 2009 to 2011, as well as naming of key officials in the first set of FIR’s, takes the probe into areas which were not looked into the state constituted Special Task Force which was primarily looking into cases between 2012 and 2013.

Records related to Shailesh Yadav, the deceased son of MP governor, who was one of the key accused in the Vyapam scam, have also been asked by the CBI as conformed by the probe agency’s spokesperson Kanchan Prasad.

She added that records have also been called from the District Police of Ujjain, Kanker, Gwalior, Jhabua and Indore relating to the deaths of Namrata Damor, Vijay Patel, Rajendra Arya, Akshay Singh and Deepak Verma.

The CBI has named 21 candidates in the FIR in connection with Pre-Medical Test 2010, booking them under IPC sections related to criminal conspiracy, cheating and forgery among others. In the second case against eight suspects in Pre-PG examination 2011, the agency has registered FIR under same sections along with the Section 3/4 of the Madhya Pradesh Recognised Examination Act.

Among the heavyweights named in the FIR include Gulab Singh Kirar, a member of the MP Backward Classes and Minorities Commission and his son Shakti Singh Kirar.

Others named include Sudhir Bhadauria and Pankaj Trivedi, both former controllers of examination with Vyapam who were not named in any cases by the STF so far. According to official sources, Gulab Singh Kirar as well as Bhadauria, were considered to be close to the Chief Minister.

The premier investigative agency has constituted a 40-member team headed by Joint Director RP Agarwal to probe the scam after the Supreme Court handed transferred all Vyapam related to the CBI. More than 40 people associated with the massive admission and recruitment scam have died mysteriously since 2009 including a journalist.

Namrata Damor whose body was found on the railway tracks in Ujjain, underwent two autopsies one of which claimed that her’s was a case of homicide while the other one (conducted at the behest of local police) called it suicide due to disappointment love. Akshay Singh, died mysteriously while interviewing Namrata’s father.Earlier this year Both Yadav and Patel were found dead under mysterious circumstances, when they were Uttar Pradesh and Chhattisgarh respectively. Patel, on the day of his death, had apparently called his lawyer, and had asked him to meet in Bhopal. His phone has been missing ever since and the CBI is currently in correspondence with the Chhattisgarh Police

Dealt with urgency
While speaking on the cases of alleged deaths related to Vyapam, CBI officials said for now the most crucial cases are being probed on urgent basis which include that of journalist Akshay Singh, Namrata Damor, Shailesh Yadav and Vijey Patel.