Morena, July 26: Praveen Yadav, one of the accused in the Vyapam scam, committed suicide at his residence in Madhya Pradesh’s Morena district on Wednesday. Yadav was found hanging at his residence. Praveen Yadav was one of the selected candidates in 2008-09 PMT exam and was declared an accused in 2012. Yadav had been appearing in Jabalpur High Court since then and was also being called regularly by the CBI for investigation.

The relatives of Praveen Yadav said that the ongoing investigation pushed him to take this extreme step. They said that although he was very bright in studies, he wasn’t able to secure any job since the case and was depressed, Oneindia reports.

The scam is related to the pre-medical test and recruitment to various government services including food inspectors, transport constables, police personnel, school teachers, dairy supply officers and forest guards.

The scam pertains to alleged corruption and manipulation in the selection procedure and entrance test for government jobs conducted by MP Professional Examination Board (MPPEB). Vyapam scam came to light when the local police busted a racket that helped candidates clear the PMT.

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According to a PIL in the Jabalpur Bench of the Madhya Pradesh High Court, the Madhya Pradesh Professional Examination Board (MPPEB) has duped lakhs of candidates by setting up proxy candidates to clear various examinations. The PIL also alleged that the board had made nearly Rs 190 crore through unfair means.

Further investigation led to fraud in various exams held for state government jobs. Cases of irregularities in the recruitment had been reported since mid-1990s and seven cases were registered in 2004 citing cases of malpractice in Vyapam. However, it was 2009 when the state government established a committee to investigate the matter. The committee submitted its report in 2011 and several people were arrested by the police.

The scam also led to between 23 and 40 ‘unnatural’ deaths of involved individuals. In 2015, a few linked to the scam died under mysterious circumstances. However, in July 2016, CBI closed the probe into ‘mysterious deaths’ of 24 people linked to the scam saying there is no foul play. Madhya Pradesh Governor Ram Naresh Yadav’s son Shailesh Yadav was found dead at his house on March 25, 2015, in Lucknow.