Vyapam death toll rises: Trainee woman SI found dead in Sagar lake
Jhabua (MP): Troubles
mounted for Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan over Vyapam
scam, as a woman trainee sub-inspector recruited by the state Professional
Examination Board was found dead in a lake.
Adding to the string of
deaths since past two days, body of the trainee sub-inspector Anamika Sikarwar
(25) was found in a lake adjacent to the Police Training Academy at Sagar
district headquarters in Madhya Pradesh.
It came after the
unexplained death of Aaj Tak journalist Akshay Singh who was covering Vyapam
scam in Jhabua while Jabalpur Medical College Dean Arun Sharma, probing fake
examinees was found dead under mysterious circumstances in a hotel in south-west
This triggered demands
from the Congress for Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan’s immediate sacking
and an impartial probe.
Earlier, Home Minister
Rajnath Singh said there was no need for a CBI probe into the Vyapam scam as
the Special Investigation Team (SIT) is investigating the scandal reported to
the Madhya Pradesh High Court and not the state government.
"SIT is probing the
case. They are not working under the government, but under the supervision of
the High Court. I think the High Court will take cognizance of things which have
influenced Vyapam,” Rajnath Singh said.
The Home Minister
appealed to political parties not to influence the probe as it was under the High
Court. “It is the High Court’s decision whether the CBI should probe or not.
How can we influence the High Court and the Supreme Court?” he said. He added
that there was an attempt to make an issue out of a non-issue.
"The Madhya Pradesh
Chief Minister has said he wanted the issue probed independently and the probe
is on. When the High Court feels that the SIT is not able to probe properly,
then the government is ready for a CBI probe. This will take place only if we
are directed to do so,” he added.