A clerk working with the Madhya Pradesh government has reported threats to his life because he has possession of three almirahs full of documents related to the Vyapam scam.
Vinod Kumar Pandey, who belongs to Bhind, is currently wanted by cops for withholding government records and he continues to evade the police, who had raided his residence and other locations on Thursday night but found nothing.
The documents allegedly relate to the recruitment of grade III government teachers through Vyapam from 2009 to 2013.
“I am running away from the police as well as from the families of those involved in the scam as they have threatened to kill me if I hand over the records to the authorities,” Pandey told the Times of India.
Additional SP Amrut Mina confirmed that no records were found from the clerk.
“No records could be seized after the police reached his home last night. We will ensure his security if he surrenders,” the police officer said.
“We also succeeded in contacting him on Thursday and he promised to hand over the records but later he was inaccessible,” said district collector Madhukar Agney.
Pandey also said that he wanted to hand over the documents only to a competent court as he is afraid the evidence might be tampered with.
A 40-member CBI team on Monday had begun its investigation into the Vyapam scam, which 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.
As many as 48 people related to Vyapam has lost their lives in mysterious circumstances.