Vyapam scam: SC agrees to hear plea seeking removal of MP Governor

Trainee cop found dead; Cong demands CM Chouhan’s sacking06 Jul 2015 | 1:49 PM

NEW DELHI/BHOPAL: The Supreme Court today agreed to hear a petition seeking removal of Madhya Pradesh Governor Ram Naresh Yadav on the ground of his alleged involvement in the massive admission and recruitment scam in the state.

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Vyapam scam: SC agrees to hear plea seeking removal of MP Governor

New Delhi/Bhopal, July 6

The Supreme Court today agreed to hear a petition seeking removal of Madhya Pradesh Governor Ram Naresh Yadav on the ground of his alleged involvement in the massive admission and recruitment scam in the state.

A Bench comprising Chief Justice HL Dattu and Justices Arun Kumar Mishra and Amitava Roy said that it will hear the petition about the Vyapam scam relating to the Madhya Pradesh Professional Examination Board (MPPEB) along with other pleas on the issue on July 9.

The petition, filed by a group of lawyers, have sought removal of Yadav and recording of his statement in the case.

Earlier, the apex court had granted four months more time to the Special Investigation Team (SIT), constituted following a High Court order, to conclude probe into the case.

The multi-crore rupees professional examination scam, involves several high-profile professionals, politicians and bureaucrats as accused.

The alleged scam involves MPPEB, which holds examinations for various posts such as teachers, medical officers, constables and forest guards.

Trainee cop found dead; Cong demands CM Chouhan’s sacking

Meanwhile, Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan faced more heat today over the Vyapam scam after a woman trainee sub-inspector recruited by the state board was found dead in a lake, with the Congress demanding his immediate sacking and an impartial probe.

Adding to the string of deaths since the past two days, the body of trainee sub-inspector Anamika Sikarwar (25) was found in a lake adjacent to the Police Training Academy at Sagar district headquarters in Madhya Pradesh.

It came after the unexplained death of journalist Akshay Singh who was covering Vyapam scam in Jhabua while Jabalpur Medical College Dean Arun Sharma, probing fake examinees, was found dead in a hotel at Dwarka in south-west Delhi .

Sagar City Superintendent of Police Gautam Solanki said they suspect Anamika’s death to be a case of suicide.

She was selected as a sub-inspector in an exam conducted by Vyapam but the police said that her selection has nothing to do with the Vyapam scam and she was not a suspected beneficiary.

The Chief Minister quickly denied that the incident was linked to the Vyapam probe.

“It is sad and unfortunate incident. But with all responsibility I say that there is no connection of that unfortunate incident with Vyapam or its probe. And it is not fair to link all such unfortunate incidents with Vyapam,” he said.

The Congress, which has sought a Supreme Court-monitored CBI probe, stepped up its attack on Chouhan, demanding that he be sacked to allow an impartial investigation and said that he cannot escape responsibility for the “45 deaths”.

“Shivraj Singh Chouhan should be sacked and an impartial probe should be done in the Vyapam scam,” Congress spokesperson Randeep Surjewala said in New Delhi.

Congress spokesperson PC Chacko said there are serious allegations against people close to Chouhan besides the family itself.

“The CM should ask for a CBI probe into the matter if he feels that he is in the clear,” Chacko said.

Congress General Secretary Digvijay Singh alleged that the death of the woman trainee sub-inspector was linked to the scam.

“Training Cop recruited through Vyapam commits suicide in Sagar Police Academy MP.  46th or 47th (sic)?,” he tweeted.

The reference was to mysterious deaths of 45 persons since the massive scam in recruitment by Madhya Pradesh Professional Examination Board (MPPEB), known by its Hindi acronym ‘Vyapam’, came to light.

TV journalist Akshay Singh had died on Saturday under mysterious circumstances soon after he had interviewed the parents of a girl who was found dead after her name figured in the massive admission and recruitment scandal.  Jabalpur medical college dean Arun Sharma was found dead yesterday.

Meanwhile, the Madhya Pradesh Parliamentary Affairs Minister said the death of dean Arun Sharma is not related to the Vyapam scam:— PTI

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