Vyapam scam whistleblower writes to CBI director accusing security guards of spying

Ashish Chaturvedi, one of the whistleblowers of the multi-crore Vyapam scam in Madhya Pradesh (MP) has alleged invasion of his privacy by security personnel.

Published: 02nd May 2017 12:13 AM  |   Last Updated: 02nd May 2017 12:13 AM   |  A+A-

By Express News Service

BHOPAL: Ashish Chaturvedi, one of the whistleblowers of the multi-crore Vyapam scam in Madhya Pradesh (MP) has alleged invasion of his privacy by security personnel, who instead of guarding him against accused in the scam are allegedly spying on him by video-graphing his movements, in MP’s Gwalior district.

Concerned about his security, the whistleblower, who has been associated with the ruling BJP’s parent outfit- RSS, sent a complaint to CBI director Alok Kumar Verma by registered post on Monday, demanding a FIR against those conducting illegal surveillance and spying on his whereabouts using government machinery.

In the complaint sent to the Alok Kumar Verma, a copy of which has been sent to Manish Sinha- joint director of CBI-Vyapam cases, Ashish Chaturvedi has also alleged that the security guards provided by the police are instead working as detectives and spying on him by taking videos and pictures of his activities 24x7, without his permission.

He has added in the complaint that by spying on his movements, those tasked with his security are actually invading his privacy and also divulging information about him to those accused in the multi-layered scam being probed by the CBI since July 2015.

Ashish Chaturvedi has further alleged in the complaint that in one of the video recordings, a copy of which is with him, the security guards who were video-graphing his activities can be seen talking to someone on the phone regarding his whereabouts.

Chaturvedi adds in the complaint that there have been several instances when the guards have harassed and abused him, and barged into his house, which is also included in the video, copies of which are with him.

The allegations in the complaint assume significance as Ashish Chaturvedi, who is a complainant of some high profile Vyapam scam cases in Gwalior, has been threatened and attacked allegedly by the aides of accused.

Former head of Jhansi Road police station in Gwalior district, Rajkumar Sharma, said on Friday that he had no role in putting Chaturvedi under camera surveillance, as additional SP Dinesh Kaushal is in charge of Chaturvedi’s security.

“The cops deployed in Chaturvedi’s security merely reported their arrival and departure at the Jhansi Road police station and nothing else,” said Sharma, who was removed from Jhansi Road police station two days ago.

However, despite repeated efforts by the New Indian Express, Gwalior SP Dr Ashish, and ASP Dinesh Kaushal were unavailable for comment.


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