Eighth person accused in Vyapam scam found dead under mysterious conditions
news Saturday, May 09, 2015 - 05:30
Pharmacist Vijay Singh, a key accused linked to several high-profile suspects in Madhya Pradesh Professional Examination Board (MPPEB) scam, was found dead under mysterious circumstances in the Kanker district of Chhattisgarh. Singh is the eighth person linked to the scam to have died under suspicious conditions after Governor Ram Naresh Yadav's son, Shailesh's recent death. A report in the Times of India adds that Vijay, who was accused in two cases was found inside a BJP MLA's lodge in Kanker town on April 28 and the last call from his cell phone has been traced to his lawyer at Bhopal on April 17. A Special Task Force had earlier arrested former technical education minister Laxmikant Sharma's brother-in-law who's statement had revealed the names of many others involved in the scam. The MPPEB also known as the Madhya Pradesh Vyavsayik Pariksha Mandal (Vyapam) has the responsibility of conducting entrance tests for admission to various colleges and jobs in Madhya Pradesh. The Vyapam scam pertains to manipulation in the selection process for government jobs conducted by MPPEB which came to light after a report by the Madhya Pradesh Local Fund Audit office for 2007-08 found alleged financial and administrative irregularities, including unauthorized disposal of application forms, worth crores of rupees by the MPPEB.
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