Dr Jagdish Sagar, the Vyapam scam kingpin facing court summon, is contesting assembly elections from Gohad seat as a BSP candidate. It falls under his native Gohad tehsil and village Chhareta of Bhind district. He has been pitched against state minister Lal Singh Arya who is a BJP candidate.
The scam had stirred a hornets’ nest in 2013 assembly elections, as hundreds of undeserving candidates cleared the examinations conducted by Vyapam. In the whole exercise, money changed hands on a large scale at the top administrative and ministerial level. More than 50 students died under mysterious circumstances while former minister Laxmikant Sharma was jailed.
Case against Dr Sagar is pending in special CBI and ED court. On October 30, 2018, the court of second additional sessions judge, which is also a designated court of Enforcement Directorate, had issued summons to Dr Sagar asking him to depose before court on December 14, 2018. The Superintendent of Police has been instructed to serve the summons to accused. Since he is contesting the election from Gohad, the police have pasted the summon notice at his local residence in Scheme No 94.
King of Munnabhais
Sagar, who cracked PMT in third attempt, is considered a king of Munnabhias. According to investigators, he employed hundreds of bright students, mostly from UP, whom he paid anything between Rs 75,000 to Rs 2 lakh to appear in the PMT exams on behalf of candidates who paid from Rs 15 lakh to 35 lakh to Sagar to clear the pre medical test. Sagar set up a racket in Vyapam office by paying bribes. At present, the case is being investigated by CBI, which registered FIR against him on July 7, 2013.
Money laundering of Rs 5.01 crore
Following STF, Indore zonal office of Enforcement Directorate (ED) booked case under Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA, 2002) in 2014 against Dr Sagar and four others. The bribe money received from students was shared among Dr Sagar and four others. On July 13 this year, ED filed prosecution complaint (charge sheet) under PMLA, 2002, against Dr Sagar and three others in the designated PMLA court. The ED claimed that Dr Sagar amassed property through laundering money to the tune of Rs 5,01,88,746.
Dr Sagar was arrested in July 2013 from a hotel in Mumbai by STF. When STF searched his local residence, police had found Rs 13 lakh besides weapons. He owns farm lands in Gohad and Gwalior.