BJP suspends Gulab Singh Kirar following leader being named by CBI in Vyapam scam

BJP leader Gulab Singh Kirar, who has been named in an FIR or police complaint by the CBI in Madhya Pradesh’s Vyapam scam has been suspended by the party.

Kirar, who is a minister of state rank in MP, was removed on Thursday, a day after the CBI filed its first cases in the scam since taking over. Kirar was also named by the Special Investigation Team (SIT) of MP police last year but the party did not act against him then.

Both Kirar and his son Shakti Pratap Singh are accused in the Vyapam scam as per police records. Kirar is also a member of MP’s backward class and minority welfare commission. For the arrest of Shakti Pratap, police had even announced a cash reward. Shakti Pratap had allegedy topped a medical exam in 2011 using illegal means. A complaint of the same had been filed by Gwalior-based whistleblower Ashish Chaturvedi.

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.

Last week, the Supreme Court had ordered CBI to take over the investigation into the case. A report has been sought from the agency on July 24.

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