Vyapam scam: Family don’t suspect any foul play in Shailesh Yadav's death

Lucknow/Bhopal, PTI | Updated : 26 March 2015, 01:45 PM

Family members of Madhya Pradesh Governor Ram Naresh Yadav’s son Shailesh, who was found dead under mysterious circumstances at his father’s official residence here, today said they don’t suspect any foul play.

“It is a natural death. The matter will be clear when the final report comes. We don’t suspect any foul play,” Shailesh’s elder brother Kamlesh Yadav, who is an Uttar Pradesh Congress member, told reporters.

The family members said that they would not press for a probe.

Shailesh’s father and Madhya Pradesh Governor would be arriving here this afternoon.

“He (Sailesh) was under stress after his name figured in the Madhya Pradesh Professional Examination Board or Vyapam scam. This might be the reason behind his death as far as we think,” Shailesh’s friend and Congress leader Satyadeo Tripathi had said.

Police, however, remained tight lipped over the entire issue.

“We have got information that Shailesh Yadav, aged about 50, died at the official residence of MP Governor Ram Naresh Yadav at Mall Avenue locality here,” Gautampalli Police Station in-charge, Virendra Bahadur Singh told PTI.

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav visited Ram Naresh Yadav’s residence to convey his condolences.

Shailesh’s name had cropped up in the multi-crore scam for allegedly fixing the recruitment of 10 candidates as Grade-III teachers.

The Governor, who too has been named as an accused in the scam, had been admitted to a hospital in Bhopal following respiratory problems.

Yadav, a former Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, has challenged in the High Court the inclusion of his name as an accused and had sought immunity.

Earlier, an accused in the scam had alleged that Shailesh took money to help candidates.

In his statement to the Special Task Force (STF) probing the Professional Examination Board (PEB) scam, Veerpal Yadav had alleged that he handed over a list of 10 candidates and Rs three lakh to his friend Vijay Pal, who gave the money and names allegedly to Shailesh at Raj Bhawan.

The scam involves massive irregularities and corruption in the Madhya Pradesh Professional Examination Board (MPPEB) or MP Vyavsayik Pareeksha Mandal (Vyapam).

First Published: Thursday, March 26, 2015 01:42 PM
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