Gwalior: As many as 70 people, who are currently in custody at the Gwalior Central Jail in Madhya Pradesh over their alleged links with the Vyapam scam, have written a letter to President Pranab Mukherjee requesting his permission to allow them to commit suicide.
Advocate Vinay Haswani, who represents some of these accused in court, showed a letter to media persons on Sunday that contained signatures of the 70 people accused in a case of irregularities in the Pre-Medical Test (PMT) conducted by the Madhya Pradesh Vyavsayik Pareeksha Mandal (Vyapam).
The letter to the president says that the people were taken into custody and have been denied bail without assigning any reason.
The advocate said the detenus were getting depressed, and some of them were talking of committing suicide.
He said the accused have been in custody for over a year, and court proceedings have not begun against them till date.
New Delhi: Congress leader Digvijaya Singh, slammed with an arrest warrant issued in relation to the Madhya Pradesh recruitment scam against him by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), is set to surrender to a local court today.
Singh believes there is no charge of corruption, and the arrest warrant is nothing but an agitated act by the BJP since he took up the VYAPAM scam.
In a series of tweets, the Congress leader tweeted in this regard:
BJP wakes up after 20 years to file a case against me where there is no charge of corruption. Bound to happen after I took up VYAPAM scam.
The arrest warrant was issued against Singh after he failed to appear when the court summoned him for the hearing.
Singh is accused to be involved in the alleged recruitment scam at the Madhya Pradesh Assembly Secretariat in Bhopal between 1993 and 2003. He was the chief minister during that time.
Remaining assertive, Singh believes the Congress gave a loan to a “nonprofit company” National Herald which proved to be a significant reason behind the freedom movement founded by Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru. He further added that BJP shared its party funds in order to publish a newspaper with a “for profit” company, Shree Multimedia Vision Ltd (SMVL).
Dragging Mr Subramaniam Swamy into his tweet, he tweeted:
While BJP has given it to a "for profit company". How does the name of "Purti" crop up in all shady deals of BJP ?
Undeterred about the event, the Congress leader said he would surrender today and the state police can arrest him if they want to:
“The Madhya Pradesh police can arrest me if they want. I will surrender to the court tomorrow. I was about to go to Delhi but I have cancelled that also and now I will go to Bhopal,” Singh said.
“This is a 22-year-old scam and it is inevitable that the state government, who is already worried about the Vyapam scam, will target me. In those appointments there was an order by the Cabinet and not alone of mine,” he added.
The Jahangirabad police in February last year filed a cased against Singh, former Speaker Sriniwas Tiwari and others for alleged forgery, conspiracy, cheating, and misuse of office as well as offences under the Prevention of Corruption Act. Accused in the case are many others, amounting to a total of 24 people at present.
The filing was the result of a complaint issued by the Assembly Secretariat after witnessing irregularities in recruitment between 1993 and 2003. ( Inputs from Agencies)