Mumbai, June 29: Vyapam Scam, the biggest corruption scam to have ever rocked Madhya Pradesh, is turning murkier by the day. Two more people accused in the Scam have died mysterious deaths in the past 48 hours taking the scam related toll to 25.
The high profile Madhya Pradesh Professional Examination Board (MPPEB) scam, was unearthed in 2013 and has seen 720 parents and students booked and more than 129 politicians, officers and middlemen arrested. The latest scam related deaths reported are those of 40-year old Dr Rajendra Arya who died at a hospital in Gwalior and 29-year-old Narendra Singh Tomar, who died in Indore jail. What is notable about these deaths is that both these deaths have been due to ‘sudden’ heart failure. Read: Vyapam scam one of the worst scams till date: D Raja
Arya, who had been on bail for an year and had gone to Kota, was returning to Gwalior when his condition turned critical, leading to his eventual death. Similarly, Tomar too had complained of chest pain last night and was rushed to Maharaja Yashwant Rao Hospital where he was declared brought dead. Tomar’s family members have alleged foul play and have testified that the veterinarian was absolutely fine and had spoken to his sister the same day at 4 PM.
Meanwhile, another startling fact has come to light about the scam, with senior lawyer Vivek Tankha claiming that there have actually been more than 40 deaths related to the scam and that there are efforts to cover the number of deaths. The lawyer announced on Monday that he would move the Supreme Court over death of 42 accused and witnesses in the case.
“I have never heard of such a big scam anywhere in world. It is India’s biggest cover up story. We are going to move the Supreme Court over the matter now. We have trust in the Supreme Court; will place all the facts there. It is unprecedented that more than 40 people have died,” said Tankha, in a statement to Zee News.
The Vyapam Scam involved the Madhya Pradesh Professional Examination Board, which holds Pre-Medical, Pre-Engineering, MCA entrance exams and B.Ed exam. Candidates allegedly bribed government officials to ensure that they made it to the list of those who cleared the test.