Vyapam scam: CM Chouhan Says no to CBI, yes to SIT probe into reporter Akshay Singh’s death

The Centre today said that a "very fair inquiry" should be conducted to put to rest all doubts over the mysterious death of TV journalist Akshay Singh while covering the Vyapam scam even as Congress wanted a CBI probe into the case.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Updated: July 6, 2015 8:29 am
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A day after the sudden death of a TV reporter of the India Today group, Akshay Singh, who was in Madhya Pradesh to cover the unnatural deaths in Vyapam scam, Chief Minister Shivraj Singh on Sunday wrote to SIT chairman Chandresh Bhushan seeking an early probe into the unnatural death of people linked to the Vyapam case.

Read: Jabalpur Medical College Dean with links to Vyapam accused found dead

“This will ensure a transparent and impartial investigation,’’ he said in the letter that also asked the High Court-appointed SIT to probe into the circumstances around Akshay Singh’s death.

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The CM alleged that attempts were being made by politicians to deliberately create confusion about deaths of certain persons.

Earlier in the day, Chouhan refused to recommend a CBI probe arguing that both the High Court and the Supreme Court have rejected petitions demanding the same.

“We want all deaths to be probed,’’ he said and added that his government would not take any decision on its own because the High Court has already taken cognizance of these unnatural deaths.

“The Supreme Court has already expressed satisfaction with the probe. I and the state government are not above any court of law,’’ he said, adding that the SIT has already acted on over 100 complaints it received.

India Today demands independent probe

The India Today group in a press statement demanded “a full, fair and independent inquiry” citing the circumstances of the reporter’s untimely death.

“We urge the Madhya Pradesh government to immediately have the viscera sample sent to a recognised forensic laboratory outside the state, preferably Delhi’s All India Institute of Medical Sciences, for a thorough and transparent examination. This would assuage the family, friends and well wishers of Akshay who seek some closure,” the statement read.

“Nothing we do will ever bring back Akshay, a brave and fearless journalist. The India Today group stands by the family in their hour of crisis,” the statement added.

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    Malkit Singh
    Jul 6, 2015 at 1:08 pm
    It is shocking and horrifying to know the unnatural deaths of those people who are either culprits or witnesses involved in VYAMP scam. BJP leaders are taking these deaths as natural deaths and in other words it is co-incidence. They are also taking shelter under the judgements given by Madhya Prdesh High Court or Supreme Courts. Most influential leaders of BJP and RSS are involved in this scam and Mr Shiv Raj Singh Chohan is trying his best to shield these powerful criminals. The are being killed systematically so his their black deeds are not exposed before the people. While chatting with the Press reporters Mr. Chauhan has no remorse on his face. Another leader Mr.Kailah V was poking fun at the death of a fearless journalist who died in Jhaubua and claiming himself as better journalist while giving interview What a arrogance these leaders? An other Doctor died in Delhi Hotel. Inspector Trainee committed suicide. BJP is bent upon to eliminate the witnesses of this biggest scam. Even Governor of Madhya Pradesh is involved in this scam. Indian people had already ousted UPA Government on corruption cases and now it is the turn of the BJP to go back to their graveyards on account of corruption and arrogance . Their (BJP) 's main aim is to speak loudly to save their corrupt politicians, and do nothing for the welfare of the common people. If the Congress is bad, they are proving themselves not only as worst politicians but murderers also. Why PM of this country is keeping silence? Why our courts are misjudging these corrupt politicians. Main responsibility is lying on those people who are voting them on the communal lines, accepting liquor and cash.Their speeches are sweetened while citing human grounds on their political stages but their practical acts are proving them as devils. They can off load the genuine pengers from the trains to accommodate their VvIPS. Oh God save us from these self style patriots.
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      Malkit Singh
      Jul 6, 2015 at 1:50 pm
      Some of the viewers are trying to raise the scams during UPA Government. It is admitted fact that they were corrupt and that is why voters of India have sent back to their homes. People of India should not have particular love for these criminals either from Congress or NDA. Their right place is jail. I cannot be absolved from my crimes If I take shelter while exposing others to be more corrupt than I, Please fight against corruption whosoever may be. Common man like me or you cannot be a permanent viewer /members of these corrupt parties. If we are doing so, we are also encouraging the corruption indirectly It is my sincere advice to those people to become good sincere and honest citizens of India and not a sycophants of any particular parties. This is our real nationalism and patriotism. It is better to become good citizen rather than follower of any party with blind thoughts. Two Wrongs cannot make one right. Wrong is always wrong whosoever are committing. Please do not support the compeion on account of corruption.between Congress or NDA or any other political party. It is our national duty to appreciate the good work done by any government, but we must stand against corruption fearlessly. This is only our patriotism and nationalism. Malkit Singh
      1. Willwin
        Jul 5, 2015 at 5:50 pm
        40 deaths over Vyapam scam and government is still not waking up!!! Something is seriously wrong with our country. If Local government is unable to solve it, Call for CBI inquiry
        1. A
          Jul 5, 2015 at 3:45 pm
          We can not even trust CBI in this case as they report to BJP Govt at the centre. Indian judiciary needs to step in here and consute an enquiry commission comprising of judges.
          1. Abhijit Bhattacharya
            Jul 5, 2015 at 4:46 pm
            How does CBI investigation make any difference since BJP is now controlling it and is not interested in making the CBI independent?
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