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

Brand-new DELHI/BHOPAL: The Supreme Court on Monday agreed to hear a petition seeking removal Madhya Pradesh governor Ram Naresh Yadav due to his alleged involvement in the Vyapam scam.

Ram Naresh Yadav’s son Shailesh Yadav, an accused in the Vyapam scam, was found dead at his father’s residence in Lucknow on March 25.

Earlier in the day, a 25-year-old woman trainee sub-inspector, who got into the police force through an exam conducted by Vyapam, was on Monday found dead in a lake in Sagar.

Police suspect it to be a case of suicide. The body of trainee sub-inspector, Anamika Sikarwar (25), was found in the lake adjacent to the Police Training Academy in Sagar district headquarters, city superintendent of police (CSP) Gautam Solanki said.

Anamika was married and a resident of Morena district. She got selected as sub-inspector in an exam conducted by Vyapam.

However, the CSP said that her selection has nothing to do with Vyapam scam and she was not a suspected beneficiary.

She was found missing from her room and later her body was found in the lake. It is suspected to be a case of suicide, he said.

Police rushed her immediately to the district hospital where doctors declared her brought dead.

The cops have sealed her room in the academy and so far no suicide note has been found. The exact cause will be known after a probe, Solanki said adding initial investigations are on in the case.

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Vyapam: Back to back deaths singe Chouhan

Digvijay Singh links policewoman death to Vyapam scam

Congress general secretary Digvijay Singh on Monday referred to the death of a trainee sub inspector at the Jawaharlal Nehru Police Academy in Sagar, Madhya Pradesh, as yet another casualty in the Vyapam scam.

The Congress leader shared his views via twitter.

“Training Cop recruited through Vyapam commits suicide in Sagar Police Academy MP. 46th or 47th ?” he posted.

The admission and recruitment racket in Vyapam (or the Madhya Pradesh Professional Examination Board) apparently involves politicians, officials and businessmen. More than 40 people associated with the scam have died since 2013.

Setback for Shivraj Singh Chouhan

The Vyapam deaths are a serious setback for the popular Madhya Pradesh chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, and represents a rare vulnerability in the political armour of the earthy politician who has been on a winning spree since his installation as CM in 2005.

The timing of the mysterious deaths could not have been worse. They coincide with the attack on the Modi government over the Lalit Modi scam, and can be handy for the opposition to question Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s achievement in ensuring a scam-free year at the Centre.

With Rajasthan CM Vasundhara Raje under fire over her links with Lalit Modi, the edge spotlight on Chouhan can help Congress assault the peripheries before it gets ready for an attack on the Centre.
(With inputs from agencies)

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