Constable Sanjay Yadav was a 'key witness' in Vyapam scam: Digvijay Singh

Congress general secretary Digvijay Singh on Thursday said that police constable Sanjay Yadav was a key witness in the Vyapam scam case.

ANI| Updated: Jul 09, 2015, 12:26 PM IST

New Delhi: Congress general secretary Digvijay Singh on Thursday said that police constable Sanjay Yadav was a key witness in the Vyapam scam case.

"Sanjay Yadav was a police constable of Madhya Pradesh. Three Vyapam constables, who were getting trained and were accused in the scam, were from Uttar Pradesh had run away from the police academy with assistance from Yadav. When later police caught Yadav , he was made a government witness. I don't know the reasons behind his death. But yes it is true he was a key witness in the scam," Singh told ANI here.

The Congress leader also lashed out at Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan for refusing to tender his resignation in wake of the ongoing controversy surrounding the deaths associated with the Vyapam scam.

The Special Task Force (STF) probing the scandal told a court in Madhya Pradesh yesterday that a constable, who was to appear as a witness in Madhya Pradesh's examination and recruitment scam case, died of an ailment two months ago.

According to reports, the STF submitted the death certificate of 38-year-old Sanjay Yadav, a witness in the police constable recruitment scam 2012-13.

Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan met the family of Akshay Singh, the journalist who died on Saturday while reporting on the Vyapam scam, earlier this morning.

"It is my mission in life to get to the bottom of this. I appeal that the CBI should probe this," Chouhan said after his visit to the journalist's East Delhi residence.

"We can't do anything to bring the son and the brother back. But we will extend all support. We offer assistance and a job," he added.

Chouhan had earlier requested the Madhya Pradesh High Court to order a CBI probe into the scam. The Madhya Pradesh High Court yesterday refused to hear the state government's plea for a CBI probe and deferred the matter till July 20 citing pendency of a similar plea in the Supreme Court.

Meanwhile, the Supreme Court is hearing the petitions filed by Digvijay Singh and others for a CBI probe into the Vyapam scam.

An apex court bench, headed by Chief Justice HL Dattu had on Tuesday agreed to give an urgent hearing and posted the matter for today.

As many as 46 people associated with the scam as accused or witnesses have died under mysterious circumstances, according to reports.