Genesis of the Vyapam scandal
- Madhya Pradesh Medical Education Department, Madhya Pradesh Professional Examination Board (MPPEB) and Medical Council of India were furnished notices by the MP High Court in relation with the MPPMT (pre-medical test) impersonation racket.
- The notices were issued following PIL filed by parents claiming that 300 ineligible candidates secured to get into the merit list.
- Dr. Jagdish Sagar and MPPEB employees were the prime accused.
What is Vyapam?
Vyapam is a Hindi acronym for the state board which holds exams for engineering, medical colleges and for government jobs. Candidates bribed bureaucrats and politicians who let imposters take the recruitment exams.
The mother of all scams: Vyapam
- The sheer magnitude of this scam is humungous with implications on the life of every MP student passing out from 2008-2013 (nearly 39 lakh students have appeared in exams conducted by Vyapam since 2008).
- The scam has alleged involvement of BJP ministers, MLAs, Sangh Parivar, Raj Bhawan staff too.
- The CM's wife Sadhna Singh too has been accused of being involved.
Dean facilitating the probe found dead
- Dr. Arun Sharma, the Dean of medical college in Jabalpur was found dead in a Delhi hotel.
- Sharma was helping the Special Task Force which is investigating the Vyapam scam by furnishing documents of the examinees in the medical college he headed.
- His predecessor DK Sakalle who was heading the probe before him, had died a year back of burn injuries under suspicious circumstances.
4th death in the last 4 days
- Constable Ramakant Pandey who had been questioned 4 months ago due to links with Vyapam scam was found dead, hanging from a ceiling fan on 7 July.
- The police however has denied the links because the deceased was an alcoholic and depressed.
- Pandey's death comes 24 hrs after the body of Anamika Kushwaha, trainee sub-inspector was found in Sagar near the Police Academy headquarters.
The killer scandal reeks of 'foul play'
- The Vyapam 'killer' case got more bloody with the autopsy report of Namrata Damor (who was said to have committed suicide in 2012), signed by 3 doctors clarified that she had died of "violent asphyxia as a result of smothering" making it a homicidal case.
- Journalist Akshay Singh who had been interviewing Namrata's father died mysteriously minutes after the interview.
Union minister calls Vyapam a 'silly' issue
Union minister Sadananda Gowda commenting on the PM's silence said that the "Concerned ministers, party president have answered. For each silly issue asking the PM to answer is not fair."
CM gives in; CBI to investigate Vyapam scam
- After the series of deaths, Madhya Pradesh CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan gave in to the mounting public pressure and asked for a CBI investigation of the pot-boiler examination scam.
- The Vyapam scam has significantly dented the BJP government's image with people involved dying mysteriously.
- This move on the CM's part is seen as a step to deflate the opposition's campaign for Chouhan's resignation.
The bloodiest scandal so far
The official figure of unnatural deaths in this case stands at 24, while the unofficial figure is as high as 44. Most of the dead are between the ages of 25-30.
CBI, UP cops arrest prime accused in Vyapam scam
- In a joint operation with the CBI, the UP Special Task Force arrested Ramesh Shivhare, one of the prime accused in the Vyapam scam, from Kanpur.
- Ramesh Shivhare had been absconding till now.
- Shivhare had allegedly acted as a middleman and provided impostors and counterfeit candidates to perform in the examination carried out by Madhya Pradesh Professional Examination Board for a certain amount.