In News: Babulal Gaur says all Deaths in VYAPAM Scam “Natural”

40 people associated with the VYAPAM scam have died in 2 years. MP Home Minister says all deaths are natural.

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Congress activists burning an effigy of Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan in Bhopan on Monday. PTI photo

Amid fresh Opposition demands for a CBI probe into the high-profile MPPEB scam in the wake of deaths of 25 accused and witnesses, Madhya Pradesh Home Minister Babulal Gaur today termed them as “natural” deaths and ruled out probe by the central agency into the scandal.

“All deaths are natural deaths. The accused fell sick and died,” he said.

Accusing the chief minister of trying to cover up, Congress leader Digvijay Singh said the party has lost faith in the Special Investigation Team (SIT) appointed by the court.

More than 41 people who were accused have died mysteriously. But unfortunately the Chief minister is trying to cover up and we are fighting the battle in court. We have lost total faith in the SIT appointed by the honourable High Court. They themselves have conveyed the helplessness to guide the STF investigation. So we have no option but to go to Supreme Court.

— Digvijay Singh, Congress Leader

Referring to the Congress’ demand of handing over the probe to CBI, Gaur said that even Supreme Court had rejected the demand and added that the inquiry into the scam is presently going on under the strict monitoring of Madhya Pradesh High Court.

Two more accused in the Madhya Pradesh Professional Examination Board (MPPEB) scam, also known as Vyapam scam, died in Gwalior and Indore yesterday, adding another murky dimension to the massive scandal in which 25 accused and witnesses have died so far.

Three days back, the Special Investigating Team (SIT) probing the scandal had submitted to the MP High Court that 23 deceased in the MPPEB scam had died unnatural deaths so far.

The Vyapam scam is a massive admission and recruitment scandal involving politicians, bureaucrats and middlemen.

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