Bhopal: The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Monday registered a preliminary enquiry into mysterious death of Madhya Pradesh Governor's son Shailesh Yadav, a suspect in Vyapam scam.
The death of Yadav had sparked a political furore between the ruling BJP and the Opposition Congress trading charges related to his alleged role as a facilitator in the said scam.
On March 25, India woke up to probably the most high-profile death so far of an accused linked to the Vyapam scam in Madhya Pradesh. Found dead on the floor of a room in a bungalow in Lucknow was Shailesh Yadav, a businessman and son of MP Governor Ram Naresh Yadav.
Ram Naresh Yadav, a former Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, was appointed Madhya Pradesh Governor by Congress in 2011.
Besides registering the preliminary enquiry in the late evening, CBI today also registered six more FIRs into alleged corruption in the conduct of examinations and recruitment tests conducted by Vyapam.
Giving details about the FIRs, CBI spokesperson Kanchan Prasad said here that the first case has been registered against eight persons for alleged cheating by impersonation in Pre Medical Test, 2004 while the second FIR is against eleven persons for impersonating as candidates during PMT, 2005 and helping to secure admission in MBBS courses.
CBI registered the third case on allegations of cheating by personation in Constable Recruitment Examination, 2012 against seven persons, the agency spokesperson said.
The remaining three FIRs are related to Police Constable recruitment test in 2012. In one FIR, 27 accused are named while in remaining two--two accused each--are named.
With the registration of these FIRs, the total number of cases under probe has touched 59.
On the directions of the Supreme Court of India, CBI has taken over the investigation of the said FIRs which were earlier registered by the Madhya Pradesh Police.
Further process of taking over of remaining cases is under way, Prasad said.
Vyapam scandal has snowballed into a major political issue with parliament's monsoon session being repeatedly disrupted after opposition continued its protests over Vyapam issue and Lalit Modi controversy.
Allegations of rampant corruption surfaced in professional examinations conducted by Vyapam after RTI queries showed alleged involvement of top functionaries of state government offices.
Former state Education Minister Laxmikant Sharma and several top bureaucrats are currently in jail in connection with the scam.
Ram Naresh Yadav has also been accused of favouring some aspirants.
(With Agency inputs)