In a joint operation, the Uttar Pradesh Special Task Force and CBI arrested one of the prime accused in the Vyapam Scam - Ramesh Shivhare, from Kanpur. He had been absconding for the last three years.
“We arrested Shivhare this morning. He is wanted by the CBI in several cases in the Vyapam scam,” Uttar Pradesh DGP Javeed Ahmed told PTI. CBI sources confirmed that Shivhare is wanted in five cases probed by it, relating to alleged irregularities in the conduct of Madhya Pradesh Professional Examination Board.
One of the kingpins of the scam, Shivhare was nabbed in a joint operation from Avas Vikas colony in Kalyanpur area of Kanpur. He will be produced before court today, after which he will be taken to Bhopal. He allegedly acted as a middleman - arranging impostors, dummy candidates to appear in the examination carried out by MPPEB for a certain amount.
Shivhare has evaded questioning by authorities probing the case. His application for anticipatory bail was also turned down by the Madhya Pradesh High Court in 2014.
There is evidence to indicate Shivhare’s involvement in the commission of the crimeJustices A M Khanwilkar and Alok Aradhe
His whereabouts carried a reward of Rs 10,000. Natives of Uttar Pradesh, Shivhare’s wife was a local body member in Mahoba.