Congress playing politics over dead bodies: BJP
The Bharatiya Janata Party on Monday accused the Congress of playing politics over "dead bodies" and maintained that only the high court can refer the investigation into the Vyapam scam to the CBI. Party leaders also said that not all deaths should be linked to the scam.
"One should understand the technicalities of the matter. The high court is already enquiring into the matter. We can't ignore high court and ask for a CBI enquiry," BJP's vice-president and Rajya Sabha member from Madhya Pradesh Prabhat Jha told media persons here.
He added: "If the high court itself says that it can't proceed with the investigation, then the government of Madhya Pradesh will decide the next course of action." Jha also accused the Congress of playing politics over dead bodies.
"Congress is playing politics over deaths. They should not play politics over dead bodies," he said. BJP spokesperson Shahnawaz Hussain advised the Congress to have faith in the judiciary. "They (Congress) went to Supreme Court and it said that the matter is under high courts's jurisdiction. Does Congress consider itself above SC," he asked.
The Congress does not have faith in the judicial system. the high court is monitoring the investigation, Hussain told media persons. Meanwhile, another BJP spokesperson G.V.L. Narsimha Rao said the death of Arun Sharma, the dean of Madhya Pradesh medical college, who was found dead in a hotel room in Delhi, was natural.
"No one should really jump to any conclusion to link it with Vyapam. We consider this death (of Arun Sharma) to be completely natural. It has nothing to do with Vyapam," Rao told the media. Autopsy on Sharma's body will be performed in Safdarjung Hospital on Monday.
In the past three days, there have been three deaths of people linked with the Vyapam scam. Anamika Kushwaha, a trainee police sub-inspector at the police training centre at Sagar, jumped to her death in a nearby pond early Monday.
Just a day ago, Arun Sharma, the dean of a medical college in Jabalpur in Madhya Pradesh who was connected with the scam probe, was found dead in a hotel room near the Indira Gandhi International Airport in Delhi. On Saturday, journalist Akshay Singh, died dramatically in Madhya Pradesh while covering the Vyapam scam.
There are conflicting numbers about deaths related to the Vyapam scam. While the Congress puts the number at 48, the Special Investigation Team's figure is 33. The scam is related to irregularities in recruitment conducted by Vyavsayik Pareeksha Mandal (Vyapam) and apparently involves politicians, officials and businessmen.