‘Vyapam’ whistleblower Anand Rai transferred to Jhabua
Bhopal: A whistle
blower in Madhya Pradesh’s Vyapam scam was transferred even as the Supreme
Court on Monday allowed the SIT and Special Task Force of the state to file
charge sheets in the massive admission and recruitment fraud till all cases are
transferred to CBI.
The scam rocked the
Madhya Pradesh Assembly on the first day of the monsoon session with opposition
Congress members wanting to pay tributes to the “Vyapam Shaheed”, the people
linked to the scandal who died under mysterious circumstances, leading to noisy
Days after Anand Rai, a
government doctor and one of the whistle blowers in the scam, lodged a
complaint with the CBI against senior BJP leader and former Union minister
Vikram Verma, he was transferred from Indore to a hospital in Dhar district.
Dr Rai had alleged in
his complaint that Verma used his influence to get his daughter, pursuing MBBS
course in Santosh Medical College in Ghaziabad, transferred to Gandhi Medical
College in Bhopal.
Rai, who was on deputation
to the health department’s training institute in Indore, was transferred on
Sunday. His wife, also a doctor, was shifted from civil hospital in Mhow in
Indore to Ujjain district hospital last month.
Rai said he would challenge
his transfer in court, but the government insisted it was a ‘routine’ thing. “Rai
was posted in Dhar but was attached to the facility in Indore. The government
has ended all such attachments. It is a routine thing,” Health Commissioner
Pankaj Agarwal said.
The whistle blower,
however, said he was being ‘hounded’. “I am being hounded for lodging a
complaint against Verma on July 17 and exposing the Vyapam scam. People
involved in the wrongdoings are running the state,” he alleged.
Meanwhile, the Supreme
Court, which had on July 9 ordered a CBI probe in the scandal, accepted the
central agency’s prayer to permit the Special Task force (STF) and Special
Investigation Team (SIT) of Madhya Pradesh to file charge sheets in cases where
investigation has been completed.
CBI had on July 16
approached the apex court with the plea, contending since transfer of more than
185 Vyapam scam cases from SIT to CBI will take time the state investigating
agencies be allowed to file charge sheets in cases where the probe has been
“Otherwise, the accused
will get statutory bail on account of default of non-filing of charge sheets
within stipulated time period,” the probe agency had said.
Apart from the fraud in
conduct of various examinations for appointment to various government posts and
admissions to professional institutions by the Madhya Pradesh Professional
Examination Board (MPPEB), also known by its Hindi acronym Vyapam, the CBI is
also investigating cases of mysterious deaths of people related to the scandal.
Congress has claimed 49
people associated with the scam have died mysteriously or in accidents and
suicides, while the state government has put the figure at 25.
Uproarious scenes were
witnessed in MP Assembly when Leader of Opposition Satyadev Katare, while paying
tributes to leaders who had died during the inter-session period, also
mentioned the mysterious deaths of Akshay Singh and Namrata Damor. CBI has
registered FIRs and is probing the two deaths.
Damor, an MBBS student
and suspected beneficiary of the scam, was found dead near the railway tracks.
Police had first probed the case from the angle of murder but closed it after
concluding it was an accidental death. Akshay Singh, a journalist with TV today
group died recently minutes after interviewing her parents.
As Katare referred to
Damor and Singh, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Narottam Mishra raised a point
of order, contending a member has to obtain permission of the Speaker before
raising an issue which is not part of the listed business of the House.
contention, several members from the opposition began citing cases of unnatural
deaths of people linked to the scam whom they called ‘Vyapam Shaheed’,
resulting in pandemonium. (With inputs from agencies)