CBI begins Vyapam probe, files 5 FIRs

The accused have been booked for impersonation, cheating, forgery and criminal conspiracy, and the Madhya Pradesh Recognised Examination Act.

Written by Sagnik Chowdhury , Milind Ghatwai | Bhopal/new Delhi | Published:July 16, 2015 3:48 am
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Beginning its investigation into the Vyapam case, the CBI on Wednesday registered five FIRs and called for records related to the deaths of five persons, including Namrata Damor and TV journalist Akshay Singh.

In its first set of FIRs, the CBI included the 2013 forest guard recruitment test in which Madhya Pradesh Governor Ram Naresh Yadav was among the 100 accused till the high court cited constitutional immunity and ordered removal of his name — a verdict that has now been challenged in the Supreme Court.

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Besides Damor and Singh, the CBI called for records related to the deaths of Vijay Patel, Rajendra Arya and Deepak Verma.

* Damor, a student of Indore government medical college, was found dead near the railway track in Ujjain in June 2012. Two post-mortem reports gave contradictory reports — one suggested she was murdered after a possible sexual assault while the other said she fell to her death from a moving train.

* Singh had suddenly collapsed while talking to Damor’s father at the latter’s residence in Meghnagar on July 4. Following the uproar after his death, the Shivraj Singh Chouhan government sought a CBI probe.

* Verma, also a student of Indore’s government medical college, had died in a suspicious road mishap in Indore in 2010, much before the PMT scam broke in July 2013. Like Damor, his name was not included in the list of 23 unnatural deaths submitted by the Special Investigation Team (SIT) to the state government last month.

* Patel, who was found dead at a lodge in Kanker, Chhattisgarh, on April 28 this year, and Arya, who died on June 28, were two of the accused in the case and were out on bail.

The agency has not registered any case on the unnatural deaths so far.

The first FIR, related to the pre-medical test (PMT) in 2010, has been filed against 21 accused.

The second, related to alleged irregularities in the 2011 pre-post graduate medical examination, has been registered against eight accused — BJP leader and member of MP backward classes and minority welfare department Gulab Singh Kirar, his son Dr Shakti Pratap Singh, former Controller of Examination Sudhir Bhadoria, Pankaj Trivedi, Veer Bahadur Singh Bhadoria, Dr B R Shrivastava, Dr Rashmi Singh and Vikas Yadav.

Bhadoria, who was examination controller of Madhya Pradesh Professional Examination Board (MPPEB) for three years before 2011, now holds a top position in a prominent government engineering college in Indore.

“If Bhadoria is arrested and spills the beans, many people, including a union minister, will be in trouble,’’ Indore-based whistleblower Anand Rai told The Indian Express. Rai said it was surprising that Pankaj Trivedi was arrested but not Bhadoria.

The third case pertains to illegalities in the PMT in 2009 and 2010 and involves 28 accused.

A fourth case pertains to illegalities in the recruitment of forest guards in 2013 and names 100 accused.

The fifth case pertains to alleged illegalities in allocation of seats of private medical colleges through the PMT in 2011 and involves three accused.

The accused have been booked for impersonation, cheating, forgery and criminal conspiracy, and the Madhya Pradesh Recognised Examination Act.

Most of the accused against whom cases were filed on Wednesday hail from Gwalior-Chambal belt.

The Gwalior-based SIT was probing two of the five cases registered by the CBI.

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