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Vyapam scam: CBI conducts searches in MP, UP

This is the first major action the central investigation agency has taken after registering several FIRs and preliminary inquiries in connection with deaths of people linked to the scam.

Vyapam scam, CBI raids, CBI vyapam This is the first major action the central investigation agency has taken after registering several FIRs and preliminary inquiries in connection with deaths of people linked to the scam.

In its first major action after taking over the probe into Vyapam scam, the CBI on Thursday carried out 40 searches, including on the premises belonging to former technical education minister Laxmikant Sharma and officials of Madhya Pradesh Professional Examination Board (MPPEB), in Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh.

As many as 23 searches were carried out in Bhopal alone because all top MPPEB officials who have since been arrested lived here. The former minister’s house in Sironj in Vidisha was also searched.

Most of the cases being probed by the Special Task Force (STF) and monitored by the high court-appointed Special Investigation Team (SIT) have been transferred to the central agency that has also registered several preliminary enquiries in connection with the deaths of people linked to the scam.

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The CBI has so far registered 112 FIRs in connection with irregularities in the recruitment tests.

Searches were also carried out in Indore, Ujjain, Rewa, Jabalpur, Chhatarpur, Ashok Nagar, Badwani and Bhind (all in MP), and Allahabad and Lucknow in UP, the state to which many impersonators belonged.

The premises belonging to Dhanraj Yadav, the former officer on special duty (OSD) to Governor Ramnaresh Yadav, and O P Shukla, the former OSD to the minister, were also searched.

The minister is allegedly involved in six cases of irregularities, while Nitin Mohindra, C K Mishra, and Pankaj Trivedi, all top officials of MPPEB, are reportedly involved in many more cases.

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The properties of mining baron Sudhir Sharma, who is already in jail, and Jagadish Sagar, whose arrest in 2013 exposed the scam, were also searched.

CBI officer unconscious

A CBI officer, on way to Gwalior from Delhi, was found unconscious Thursday after suffering brain hemorrhage on train. DSP B S Jha was being sent as back-up and was not part of the team probing Vyapam scam, the CBI said.

First published on: 25-09-2015 at 02:26:19 am
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