The Uttar Pradesh Special task force arrested Ramesh Shivhare, one of the main accused in the Madhya Pradesh Professional Examination Board scam (also known as Vyapam scam), in Kanpur on 4 May.
Shivhare was nabbed in a joint operation by a UP special task force and the CBI from Avas Vikas colony in Kalyanpur area of Kanpur. He will be produced before a competent court on 4 May after which he will be taken to Bhopal, CBI sources said.
"We have arrested Shivhare this morning. He is wanted by the CBI in several cases in the Vyapam scam," Uttar Pradesh DGP Javeed Ahmed told PTI over phone.
CBI sources said that Shivhare is wanted in five cases which are related to alleged irregularities in the conduct of the Madhya Pradesh Professional Examination.
According to sources, Shivhare, a native of Uttar Pradesh, was absconding for the last three years and was carrying a reward of Rs 10,000.
Shivhare allegedly acted as a middleman and arranged for imposters and dummy candidates to appear in the examination carried out by the Madhya Pradesh Professional Examination Board for a certain amount. Shivhare has been evading 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 AM Khanwilkar and Justice Alok Aradhe had said.