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.
“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.