44th death in Vyapam scam- Akshay Singh a TV journalist.

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India is the only country where sale of medical seats by private medical colleges is part of official policy.

Akshay Singh, a journalist with the TV Today Group, who died suddenly yesterday when he had gone to take an interview of the family of a slain Vyapam scam accused in Jhabua district of Madhya Pradesh.

Vyapam scam was a massive admission and recruitment scam involving politicians, senior officials and businessmen in the state of Madhya Pradesh in India. Indore Bench of Madhya Pradesh High Court served notices to Madhya Pradesh Professional Examination Board (MPPEB) and Medical Council of India following a (PIL) public interest litigation filed by parents of some students after reports that more than 300 ineligible candidates managed to get into the merit list. Complaints of irregularities and crooked deals in pre-medical test (PMT) were surfacing since 2009 but in the year 2013, a major scam was unearthed involving several officials and politicians. The kingpin of the impersonation racket Dr. Jagdish Sagar was arrested and subsequently several other influential people were arrested including ex-Education Minister Laxmikant Sharma, MPPEB’s exam controller Pankaj Trivedi, MPPEB’s system analysts Nitin Mahendra and Ajay Sen and state PMT’s examination in-charge C. K. Mishra. The credit to expose the scam goes to Indore-based medical practitioner Dr. Anand Rai.

In 2009, complaints of irregularities in the pre-medical test (PMT) surfaced. Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chauhan set up a committee to look into these irregularities in 2009; the committee submitted its report in 2011.

In July 2011, MPPEB monitored 145 suspects during the Pre-Medical Test (PMT). Most of the suspects did not turn up, but 8 were caught for impersonating others. This included Kanpur-based Satyendra Varma, who had accepted ₹ 4 lakh to appear in place of Ashish Yadav, in Indore. 15 exam toppers from the previous year appeared for the exam. Suspecting that these people were called in to impersonate others, MPPEB asked them to explain their reasons for re-taking the exams. Later, MPPEB also started using biometric technology: thumb impressions and photographs of all the persons appearing for the exam were taken to be matched during the post-results counselling.

By June 2015, more than 2000 people had been arrested in connection with the scam.

44 people had died unnatural death since 2009 till date. 44th is late Akshay Singh, a journalist with the TV Today Group.

God knows who is behind this all?

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