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India's top court orders federal inquiry into jobs scam said to be linked to nearly 50 deaths

  • Activists of the left wing, All India Students' Association (AISA), shout slogans against Madhya Pradesh state chief minister Shivraj Singh Chauhan, during a protest against a job scam in the central Indian state in New Delhi, India, Thursday, July 9, 2015. India's top court Thursday ordered a federal investigation into a multimillion-dollar college admission and government job recruitment scandal said to be linked to dozens of mysterious deaths. The Supreme Court ordered the Central Bureau of Investigation, India's FBI, to take over from the state police the investigation into the alleged irregularities in job recruitment and college admissions as well as the deaths of nearly 50 people associated with the scam. (AP Photo/Saurabh Das)z

    Activists of the left wing, All India Students' Association (AISA), shout slogans against Madhya Pradesh state chief minister Shivraj Singh Chauhan, during a protest against a job scam in the central Indian state in New Delhi, India, Thursday, July 9, 2015. India's top court Thursday ordered a federal investigation into a multimillion-dollar college admission and government job recruitment scandal said to be linked to dozens of mysterious deaths. The Supreme Court ordered the Central Bureau of Investigation, India's FBI, to take over from the state police the investigation into the alleged irregularities in job recruitment and college admissions as well as the deaths of nearly 50 people associated with the scam. (AP Photo/Saurabh Das)z  (The Associated Press)

  • Activists of India's Congress party's youth wing shout slogans from a bus as they are detained during a protest against Shivraj Singh Chauhan, chief minister of the central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh, in New Delhi, India, Wednesday, July 8, 2015. Protests against Chauhan and his administration has peaked in recent days after several witnesses in a case alleging a massive scheme to manipulate the results of entrance examinations for government jobs and medical colleges in Madhya Pradesh died under mysterious circumstances. The alleged scam has been labeled “Vyapam” by Indian media after the Hindi name of the state’s professional examination board since the story first surfaced in 2013. (AP Photo/Tsering Topgyal)

    Activists of India's Congress party's youth wing shout slogans from a bus as they are detained during a protest against Shivraj Singh Chauhan, chief minister of the central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh, in New Delhi, India, Wednesday, July 8, 2015. Protests against Chauhan and his administration has peaked in recent days after several witnesses in a case alleging a massive scheme to manipulate the results of entrance examinations for government jobs and medical colleges in Madhya Pradesh died under mysterious circumstances. The alleged scam has been labeled “Vyapam” by Indian media after the Hindi name of the state’s professional examination board since the story first surfaced in 2013. (AP Photo/Tsering Topgyal)  (The Associated Press)

India's top court has ordered a federal investigation into a multimillion-dollar college admission and government job recruitment scandal in central India said to be linked to dozens of mysterious deaths.

The Supreme Court on Thursday ordered the Central Bureau of Investigation to investigate the alleged irregularities in job recruitment and college admissions as well as the deaths of nearly 50 people associated with the scam.

Police have arrested hundreds of officials for allegedly rigging eligibility tests for admission to medical colleges and recruitment for jobs in the police force, schools and banking sector.

Opposition Congress party leaders had been demanding a federal inquiry into the scandal as dozens of people, either witnesses or accused participants in the scam, have died over the last five years in inexplicable circumstances.