Chouhan cannot escape responsibility, says Congress

The party also demanded a Supreme Court-monitored CBI investigation into the case.

Updated - April 01, 2016 11:57 am IST

Published - July 06, 2015 12:00 pm IST - New Delhi

Stepping up its attack, the Congress on Monday said Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan cannot escape responsibility for the deaths connected to Vyapam scam and that Prime Minister Narendra Modi should take “moral responsibility“.

“The Chief Minister cannot be spared. He should take responsibility,” Congress spokesperson P.C. Chacko said.

His comments came after the Dean of a medical college in Madhya Pradesh involved in Vyapam scam probe was found dead in a Delhi hotel on Sunday. His was the second mysterious death in the scandal in as many days, adding yet another murky twist to the case.


“There must be a CBI probe. It is not a coincidence that all the accused are dying of one ailment or another. There is something more to it.” - Prashant Pandey, forensic expert and one of the whistle-blowers who exposed the scam

Insisting on a CBI probe into the Vyapam scam, Mr. Chacko said there are serious allegations against people close to Mr. Chouhan besides the family itself.

“The CM should ask for a CBI probe into the matter if he feels that he is in the clear,” he said.

Terming the spate of deaths of people reportedly associated with the case as “extremely intriguing and deeply suspicious”, the Congress demanded a Supreme Court-monitored CBI investigation.

Calling the Vyapam the “most sinister scam of India”, the party also claimed that the mechanism of SIT-STF combine has proved ineffective in probing the matter.

Mr. Chacko also took potshots at the Prime Minister saying he needed to take moral responsibility for what was happening in the country.

He added that the NDA government had offered a year back a corruption free and clean government, clean administration to the people. “That very same government and the party which is leading this government are now totally under the cloud of scams and corruption. The Prime Minister has to come out and explain,” he said.

Vyapam scam

  • » The Vyapam scam in Madhya Pradesh dates back to 2007, with investigations in the case starting after some details came to light in 2013.
  • » It has been alleged by the Congress as well as several social activists that the officials took money to compromise the examination and recruitment.
  • » It is also known as the Madhya Pradesh Professional Examination Board (MPPEB) scam.
  • »Editorial:>The Vyapam scam trail
  • » Congress leaders openly accused MP CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan and his wife of being involved in the scam. Later, they submitted the "original evidence".
  • » Earlier this year, Chief Minister Chouhan claimed in a >letter to Congress president Sonia Gandhi that the developments regarding the Vyapam scam provided proof of his honesty as he was the one who ordered a probe into it.
  • »> Here are five things you need to know about Vyapam Scam.
  • >

    College dean found dead

    Dr. Arun Sharma, the dean of a Jabalpur-based medical college was found dead.

  • >

    Journalist dies

    A journalist died soon after interviewing the parents of a girl who was accused in the scam and had died in suspicious circumstances.

  • >

    The Madhya Pradesh govt. rejected a demand for CBI probe.

  • >

    Another Vyapam scam accused dies in MP

    Narendra Singh Tomar died under mysterious circumstances in an Indore jail.

  • >

    FIR against M.P. Governor quashed

    High Court held that he enjoyed immunity while in office.

  • >

    Governor's son found dead

    Shailesh Yadav, one of the accused in the scam, was found dead under mysterious circumstances.

  • >

    Madhya Pradesh Governor Ram Naresh Yadav's involvement

    The Special Task Force probed the alleged involvement of Governor Ram Naresh Yadav.

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