Vyapam scam: Madhya Pradesh CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan assures journalist's family of unbiased probe
Days after Akshay Singh died while covering Vyapam recruitment scam, Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan on Thursday met the family of the TV journalist here.
New Delhi: Days after Akshay Singh died while covering Vyapam recruitment scam, Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan on Thursday met the family of the TV journalist here.
After paying them a visit, Chouhan said he has assured the family of an unbiased investigation into the death of Singh.
"This family has lost everything. I assured the family of an unbiased investigation into his death. I will do whatever to reduce their pain. I offered them jobs in the city and other help," Chouhan told the media.
"It is my life's mission to find out the truth, which is why I sent (Akshay Singh's) viscera samples to AIIMS," he added.
The CM, who was at the residence of Singh for about 30 minutes, said he has left the decision of choosing the nature of the job on the family and said there is a provision of providing government job to the kin at 'Madhya Pradesh Bhavan' here.
"I have left the decision on the family...I have asked the mother and sister to decide. I think they should be in Delhi and we have MP Bhavan where the job could be given. I will do whatever I can to assuage and reduce their pain," he said.
Chouhan, who came to Delhi yesterday for some official work, said he "stands" with the family at all times and he was like a "son and brother" to Singh's mother and sister respectively.
Singh died under mysterious circumstances last week when he was covering the case of Jhabua-based MBBS student Namrata Damor, who was found dead after her name had figured in connection with the Vyapam scam case.
Chouhan later left for Bhopal.
Notably, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has also offered a government job to the sister of the journalist.
Meanwhile, the All India Institute of Medical Sciences in New Delhi began the histopathological examination of the viscera samples of TV journalist Akshay Singh who died on Saturday while covering the story in Madhya Pradesh.
But the institute refused a toxicology examination saying it didn't have the mandate to conduct it.
The AIIMS urged the Madhya Pradesh Police to send the samples to the Forensic Science Laboratory where it would be ascertained if the reporter was poisoned or not.
Chouhan had on Wednesday urged the Supreme Court to order a CBI probe into the Vyapam recruitment scam even as the high court refused to pass any order for a CBI inquiry.
The apex court will hear the matter on July 9.
Vyapam (Vyavsayik Pareeksha Mandal) conducts recruitment and entrance exams not conducted by the MP Public Service Commission. The scam came to light in 2013. So far nearly 2,100 arrests have been made.
(With Agency inputs)