New Delhi: The CBI has registered two more preliminary enquiries (PEs) in the mysterious deaths of suspected middlemen in the Vyapam scam, agency sources said on Tuesday.
The sources said PEs into the deaths of Aditya Choudhary and Mahendra Sarawak, who were found hanging, have begun. While Chaudhary had died at the MGM Medical Boys Hostel in Indore, Sarawak was found dead at at his home in Gwalior.
Both were being probed by the Special Task Force in two separate cases for their alleged role as middlemen, sources said.
A 40-member CBI contingent headed by Joint Director RP Agarwal, a 1986 batch Assam-Meghalya cadre IPS officer, is probing the Vyapam cases.
The agency has so far registered 12 FIRs in connection with various Vyapam scam cases, including the death of an MBBS student Namrata Damor. Her body was found near the railway tracks in Ujjain district and police had initially probed it suspecting murder. However, it later closed the case concluding it was accidental death.
The number of preliminary enquiries instituted by the central agency to look into the mysterious deaths of people associated with the scam in some way, like suspects or witnesses, has gone up to 12 with the registration of two new PEs today. This includes the death of journalist Akshay Singh, who had died mysteriously soon after interviewing Damor's parents.
A Supreme Court bench headed by Chief Justice H L Dattu had on July 9 transferred the probe of all Vyapam cases, including the related deaths, to CBI.