UP STF, CBI arrest Vyapam case accused

New Delhi: Uttar Pradesh Special Task Force in a joint operation with CBI on Wednesday arrested one of the main accused in the Vyapam scam Ramesh Shivhare, who has been absconding, from Kanpur.

"We have arrested Shivhare this morning. He is wanted by CBI in several cases in Vyapam scam," Uttar Pradesh DGP Javeed Ahmed told PTI over phone. Shivhare allegedly acted as a middleman and arranged for the impostors and dummy candidates to appear in the examination carried out by Madhya Pradesh Professional Examination Board commonly known as Vyapam for a certain amount.

A resident of Uttar Pradesh, Shivhare has been evading any questioning by authorities probing the case. His application for anticipatory bail was also turned down by the Madhya Pradesh High Court in 2014.

"There is material to indicate the involvement of applicant in the commission of the crime, for which reason, the Investigating Officer has been insisting for attendance of the applicant for quite some time but in vain," a bench of Chief Justice A M Khanwilkar and Justice Alok Aradhe had said.

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