NEW YORK: The head of a UN agency in New York, has called on the Indian authorities to order a probe into the mysterious death of an Indian Journalist, Akshay Singh, who was covering the Vyapam scam in Madhya Pradesh. The Organization head said, that the crimes against journalists must not go unpunished, as it violates the freedom of expression.
According to the reports, Director-General of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) Irina Bokova, expressed condolences to the family of Mr.Akshay Singh and urged the Indian authorities to investigate into the death case.
“It is the duty of the Indian authorities to probe into the mysterious death of the TV reporter and provide the public, the right to know the cause behind Mr.Singh’s death. The Government must also ensure a safe environment for the journalists to carry on their professional duties. Attacks on them is a heinous crime”, Bokova said.
Akshay Singh, 38, who works as an investigative reporter in a private Hindi channel was mysteriously found dead in the beginning of this month. Singh was investigating into the Vyapam scam, during the time of his death. There were several doubts around the death of the Indian journalist.
The Vyapam scam, was unearthed after the death of the Indian journalist. The decade old scam, thrown open the illegal corruption activities of the Government officials and politicians in altering the marks of the students to make them enter into various coveted Government and medical posts.
According to the reports, students used to bribe the authorities to get Government posts or medical entrance seats by allegedly altering their marks. More than a dozen politicians and officers were proved to be in connection with the scam, the Huffingtonpost reports.
Looking into the intensity of the crime, the Supreme court of India, has ordered a probe into the case by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI).