A day after registering the first murder case in connection with the Vyapam scam, the CBI on Saturday registered a preliminary inquiry into nine deaths, eight of which were attributed to illnesses by families.
The CBI on Saturday also registered two cases pertaining to alleged illegalities in examinations conducted in Madhya Pradesh.
According to the CBI, the PE has been registered to probe the deaths of Anand Singh, Ashutosh Tiwari, Gyan Singh, Anantram Tagore, Ravendra Prakash Singh, Premlata Pandey, Vikas Pandey, Rajendra Arya and Sanjay Kumar Yadav.
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Premlata Pandey, an accused in a contractual teachers’ recruitment case, died of liver cancer on May 17, 2013, nearly two months before the PMT scam came to light in Indore.
“All I have to share are treatment papers,’’ her brother Arunendu told The Sunday Express, saying that he had no idea why her death was being treated as suspicious.
Premlata’s brother-in-law Rakesh Pandey was arrested for his role in the scam and is out on bail. Rakesh is connected with Vigyan Bharati, an organisation affiliated to the RSS.
Ashutosh Tiwari, a third year student of Gwalior’s G R Medical College, died of heart attack at the campus hospital on August 19, 2013. His family and friends said he died of existing cardiac condition aggravated by drinking and smoking.
Anantram Tagore, 71, accused of getting a job for his son, died of cancer on November 7, 2012. A resident of Uttampura in Morena, his kidney cancer was detected two years before his death.
Dr Rajendra Arya, an assistant professor at Sagar Medical College, was out on bail for more than a year. He died on June 27 in a private hospital in Gwalior where he was admitted for fever, body ache and vomiting.
Gyan Singh Yadav reportedly died of liver and kidney failure on October 26, 2010, much before the scam came to the fore, while Anand Singh, a medical student, died of chest pain at his house in Uttar Pradesh on October 9, 2013.
Vikas Pandey died of brain haemorrhage on April 29, 2014.
Ravendra Prakash Singh, a resident of Singrauli, allegedly committed suicide on June 15, 2014. Ravendra’s is the only death not attributed to illness among the cases chosen by the CBI to register a PE.