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Vyapam scam: CBI will probe death of Madhya Pradesh Governor’s son

BHOPAL: The CBI on Monday registered a preliminary enquiry into mysterious death of Shailesh Yadav, son of Madhya Pradesh Governor Ram Naresh Yadav. Shailesh was a suspect in the Vyapam scam. He was found dead inside his bungalow in Lucknow in March this year.

Shailesh’s name had cropped up in the multi-crore scam for allegedly fixing the recruitment of 10 candidates as Grade III teachers.

Shailesh was found dead inside his bungalow in Mall Avenue on March 25, 2015.

The circumstances leading to Shailesh's death appear mysterious. According to the Madhya Pradesh Special Task Force (STF) investigating the case, Shailesh was the seventh suspect to have died ever since the scam came to light. Although the STF hasn’t named the six suspects, at least one is believed to be Namrata Damor of Indore, who was being investigated for cheating to clear the pre-medical test. Her body was found in 2012 on the train tracks with the police failing to establish whether she was pushed out of a compartment or she killed herself.

The police were investigating whether Shailesh committed suicide or died due to failing health all of a sudden. It’s learnt that Shailesh was diabetic, had high blood pressure and was also being treated for neurological problems. Although the autopsy report is yet to be officially released, sources says it “couldn’t ascertain” the cause of death.

Madhya Pradesh’s special investigating team was looking for 52-year-old Shailesh, the second of Governor Yadav’s three sons to record his statement after his name cropped up during investigations. Cops tried to serve notices on multiple occasions, but the Raj Bhawan staff in Bhopal repeatedly refused to accept the notice.

As per reports MP police had initiated the process to attach properties in Shailesh’s name and he remained under a lot of stress due to it. Shailesh ran a petrol pump on outskirts of Lucknow.

Poisoning suspected

The post mortem report of Shailesh Yadav said that the cause of death was not clear. Yet, there are a number of indications that suggest Shailesh could have died due to poisoning.

Further investigations will confirm whether it was a case of deliberate poisoning, suicide or drug overdose. Former joint director of UP Medico-Legal Cell Dr YK Pathak and private medico-legal expert AK Singh were convinced that the postmortem report’s findings indicate poisoning.

Dr YK Pathak said, “Prima facie, it appears to be a case of poisoning, but confirmation could happen only after viscera examination.”

Meanwhile, Dr Singh said, “As per the report, Shailesh’s death could not have been natural. It appears to be a case of suicide. Only one injury has been noted on the body ruling out homicide.”

“Shailesh may have consumed poison after dinner, and during sleep it got absorbed in the organs. Among the foremost symptoms of poisoning is mucosal congestion in stomach. In Shailesh’s case, it was so besides presence of large quantity of fluid,” says Dr Pathak.

All his internal organs including lungs, kidneys, spleen, pancreas, etc., were found congested, suggesting reduced oxygen level in blood. Another key point that stood out was presence of blue patches and purple coloration.

“Cyanosis (blue patches), which again indicates low oxygen level, has been noted on lips, nails, tongue, face etc,” added Dr Singh.

Incidentally, the domestic help at Yadav's bungalow said Shailesh had died on Tuesday night. The family members are learnt to have contacted the police around 2 pm on Wednesday, according to the police. Shailesh's wife, his youngest son and the wives of his two brothers were present in the bungalow when he died. (With inputs from agency)