India’s Supreme Court will be hearing today a plea for handing over the probe in the massive Vyapam scam of Madhya Pradesh, which is linked with medical admissions and recruitment for certain categories of government jobs.
The Jabalpur High Court earlier on 7 July defered hearing on State Government’s application to transfer the Vyapam case from the Special Task Force of State Police supervised by a High Court appointed Special Investigation Team. The Government plea for handingover the Vyapam case to the CBI came after State Chief Minister Shivraj Sngh was in the eye of the storm and pressure was mounting on him for a CBI probe following the death of prominent TV journalist Akshay Singh in Jhabua in western Madhya Pradesh where he had gone to interview the father of Namrata Damor, a second year medical student, whose body was found on a railway track in January 2012. She was allegedly linked with the Vyapam scam. Within 24 hours of Akshay’s death, the dean of Jabalpur Medical College Dr. Arun Sharma was found dead in a hotel room in Delhi. He was linked with the Vyapam investigations in his position as Dean. One of his predecessors, the former dean of the same college was burnt to death under mysterious circumstances last year.
How the prominent world media has covered the Vyapam scam
While shady deals aren’t exactly unusual in Asia’s third largest economy, the Vyapam scam—or the Madhya Pradesh Professional Examination Board scam—is getting murkier and scarier by the day.The blood-soaked trail of India’s massive Vyapam scam
– Washington Post
A medical school admission examinations scandal in India has turned into a veritable whodunit with thousands of arrests, mysterious deaths and the suspected involvement of top politicians and bureaucrats. Soutik Biswas travelled to Madhya Pradesh to investigate.
#Vyapam scam involves alleged irregularities in admissions and recruitment across #MadhyaPradesh . BBC Correspondent Nitin Srivastava explains the complexities after returning from the state.
Nobody died today. At least not as we went to press.
This is newsworthy for millions of Indians who are following the unraveling of a system of corruption in a state government examination board — widely known by its Hindi acronym, Vyapam — that conducts tests for college admissions and jobs.
– New York Times
A TV journalist and a college professor died over the weekend Both were linked to an investigation into a corruption scandal “I am scared for the lives of people connected to me,” a government minister says.
Namrata’s case is back in focus after the sudden death of TV journalist Akshay Singh who had interviewed her father.
Police have ordered a review of the suspicious death of MBBS student Namrata Damor. Her body was found near railway tracks in the Ujjain district in 2012 after her name figured in the infamous Vyapam scam of Madhya Pradesh.
– The Hindu
Three years after her body was found along the railway tracks near Ujjain, it still isn’t clear whether the 25-year-old medical student, Namrata Damor, whose death Aaj Tak journalist Akshay Singh was investigating when he died unexpectedly last week, was murdered or committed suicide some time in January 2012.
– The Times of India