Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan requested the High Court to order the CBI to conduct its inquiry into the Vyapam scam, which is alleged to have taken over a 47 lives so far in separate incidents.
I respect the High Court and have full faith in it. Neither do I have any problem in the investigation. I have complete faith in the STF probe and the SIT was formed as well. I have no doubts on the kind of inquiry that will be conducted,” Chouhan told the media.
‘I have full faith in judiciary but the recent events have led to an atmosphere that investigation should be done by the CBI. But the environment that has been created in recent days questions us. The state government cannot give the case to the CBI,” he added.
“The questions that have been raised must be addressed. I believe that some doubts have been raised in the minds of people as well. I am a very sensitive person, each and every death is very unfortunate. Baseless allegations have been put on me. Congress doesn’t care about Vyapam, they only cared about targeting me,” he added.
The Congress party along with four other activists including AAP’s Kumar Vishwas had earlier demanded a fair and transparent probe into the scam along with the removal of Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan from his office.
I am a very sensitive person, each and every death is very unfortunate: MP CM Shivraj singh Chouhan pic.twitter.com/1hIKz2Nwew
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The Supreme Court has agreed to hear a petition against MP Governor Ram Naresh Yadav in order to ensure a fair inquiry. The matter will be heard on July 9.
Akshay, who was in MP on a Vyapam related reporting assignment, was found dead in mysterious circumstances on Saturday, while Dr Arun Sharma died in a Delhi’s hotel in equally suspicious manner on Sunday.
With that, the number of people found dead related to Vyapam scam had gone up to 47.
Also, Madhya Pradesh police are denying that the recent death of 40-year-old police constable Ramakant Panda, who was found hanging from a ceiling fan at a residence in Orchha, is linked to the deadly scam.
The Vyapam scam is a huge admission and recruitment scandal involving politicians, bureaucrats and middlemen. Several politicians, including former state Education Minister Laxmikant Sharma, a host of officials and aspirants have been arrested in the case.
The scam involved the Madhya Pradesh Professional Examination Board, which holds exams for positions like medical officers, constables, teachers and auditors for government departments. The candidates allegedly bribed government officials to ensure that they made it to the list of those who cleared the test.