Vyapam scam: CBI registers inquiry into death of pharmacist

CBI has registered a preliminary inquiry into the mysterious death of a pharmacist, Vijay Singh Patel, who was facing STF probe into Vyapam scam.

PTI| Last Updated: Jul 20, 2015, 20:00 PM IST

New Delhi: CBI has registered a preliminary inquiry into the mysterious death of a pharmacist, Vijay Singh Patel, who was facing STF probe into Vyapam scam.

CBI sources said that Patel, an "alleged racketeer" out on bail, was found dead in a room of a lodge in Kanker, Chhattisgarh on April 28.

Singh was allegedly linked to several high-profile suspects in the Vyapam case and was being probed by the Special Task Force for his role in three cases.

It is believed that he had gone Kanker to meet his wife after which became untraceable. His body was found in a lodge allegedly run by a member of ruling party.

CBI says that the inquiry was being done to ascertain whether the death was related to the alleged scam or not.

The probe agency on Saturday had registered a preliminary inquiry into the mysterious deaths of nine persons allegedly linked to the scam in Madhya Pradesh.

The agency has also registered 12 FIRs in connection with various aspects of Vyapam scam.