The Vyapam scam just sent ripples through the Bharatiya Janata Party as union water resources minister and senior BJP leader Uma Bharti has levelled serious allegations against political rival and Madhya Pradesh chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan.
She has claimed that the state government is scuttling the investigation into the deaths of at least 35 people since 2010.
Demanding that Chouhan's role in Vyapam be probed, Bharti told India Today that the crime branch of the state police is deliberately blocking the investigation.
Vyapam is a massive scam which involves politicians and government officials allegedly allowing impostors to take exams for government jobs in Madhya Pradesh, in exchange of vast sums of money. An SIT probe into the scam is being monitored by the Jabalpur High Court.
Two people—a journalist reporting on Vyapam and the dean of a medical college connected to the scam--died over the weekend, capping a series of unnatural deaths of people involved with the scam, by some counts crossing 35.
Bharti, the former chief minister of Madhya Pradesh, has been named in the Vyapam because a certain Pandit Leela Dhar Pachauri, who has been accused in the scam, used to stay at the servant quarters of her residence.
Now, Bharti has accused the state police of not subjecting Chouhan to the same scrutiny since his personal assistant, Prem Chand Prasad, has been charge-sheeted in the Vyapam scam for allegedly securing admissions for more than 200 students including his own daughter through nefarious means.
Bharti said that Prasad was far closer to Chouhan than Prasad was to her, India Today reported.
Demanding a CBI probe, Bharti said the Indore crime branch is biased against her, and she now fears for her life.