Vyapam scam: Kejriwal, Sisodia meet Akshay Singh`s kin; Shivraj to meet top BJP leaders

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and his Deputy Manish Sisodia

New Delhi, July 8: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and his Deputy Manish Sisodia on Wednesday met the family members of journalist Akshay Singh, who died under mysterious circumstances while reporting on the Vyapam scam.

After meeting the family, Sisodia said: “We are united in grief with the family of the late journalist Akshay Singh. We offered to help the family financially as well.”

Akshay Singh, a journalist working for a leading Delhi-based news channel, on Saturday suddenly took ill and died after having interviewed parents of a girl who had been found dead near railway tracks, after her name figured in the Vyapam scam.

The journalist was rushed to the civil hospital and later to a private hospital, but doctors failed to revive him. From there he was taken to another hospital in nearby Dahod in Gujarat, where he was declared brought dead.

The Vyapam scam was a massive admission and recruitment scam involving politicians, senior officials and businessmen in Madhya Pradesh.

The Madhya Pradesh High Court is set to hold a hearing on state Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan’s recommendation of a CBI probe into the Vyapam scam on Wednesday.

Chouhan has been facing the heat over the scam after a number of accused and witnesses connected with the case reportedly died under mysterious circumstances.

Embattled Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan is expected to visit the national capital for a likely meeting with the BJP top brass, including External Affairs Minister Sushma Sushma.

Under pressure from all sides, Chouhan on Tuesday said he will request the Madhya Pradesh High Court to order the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to conduct its inquiry into the Vyapam scam.

The Congress leader Abhishek Manu Singhvi said: “Let us be clear, our demand is for not a CBI simpliciter. Our demand consistently has been for a SIT, which will supervise the CBI, if the CBI is entrusted.”

Singhvi further said: “Secondly, what made the Chief Minister change in 24 hours? I would like to believe that he listens to the Congress, he listens to public interest, unfortunately that may not be the case. He may be listening more to the internal contradictions within his party and to the impossibility of explaining these terrible facts.”

As many as 46 people associated with the scam as accused or witnesses have died under mysterious circumstances, according to latest reports.

Over the past week, a doctor related to the employment scam, a medical college dean and journalist Akshay Singh were also found dead.

(With Agency Inputs)

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