July 11: Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) after a year-long probe has revealed no foul play in the mysterious deaths of 24 people linked to the Vyapam scam. Madhya Pradesh Governor Ram Naresh Yadav’s son Shailesh Yadav was found dead at his house on March 25, 2015 in Lucknow. CBI has now now closed the probe.
Shailesh Yadav was found dead a month after being named as an accused in FIR mentioning ten people as contractual teachers for the state government in 2013. As per a Hindustan Times report, the investigating agency has found no foul play in his death. Yadav who was a diabetic and blood pressure patient possibly died of brain hemorrhage. There are no reports that he committed suicide or was killed. CBI also found nothing suspicious in the death of 11 others including pharmacist Vijay Singh Patel who was found dead in a BJP leader’s guest house in Kanker-Chhattisgarh in April 2015. Patel was accused in three cases of the scam. CBI revealed that he died due to cardiac arrest. (ALSO READ- Vyapam Scam: Relief for Shivraj Singh Chouhan, as CBI rules out ‘political conspiracy’)
Other 10 people who died and were linked to the scam include Aditya Chaudhary alias Ravi Pippal, Mahendra Singh alias Bunty, RS Bhadauria, Rahul Solanki, Lalit Kumar Godara, Brijesh Rajput, Jitendra Yadav, Vikas Thakur, Rinku Sharma and Narendra Pal Singh.
The status report by CBI is likely to be filed before the Supreme Court later this month. CBI investigated the case following Supreme Court’s order. No major revelations have been made in the death of TV channel journalist Akshay Singh who was found dead in July 2015. Most of the deaths have been stated due to cardiac arrest, forms of caner or liver failures.