Hindustan Times (Jalandhar)


- Shruti To­mar and Ra­jesh Ahuja let­ters@hin­dus­tan­times.com

BHOPAL/NEW DELHI: The CBI, on Tues­day, charged for­mer Mad­hya Pradesh tech­ni­cal ed­u­ca­tion min­is­ter Laxmikant Sharma and his then of­fi­cer-on-spe­cial-duty (OSD), OP Shukla, in one of the cases re­lated to the Vya­pam scam.

A Cen­tral Bureau of In­ves­ti­ga­tion (CBI) of­fi­cial fa­mil­iar with the devel­op­ment said Sharma was charged with get­ting a per­son of his choice, Pankaj Trivedi, ap­pointed as the Con­troller of Ex­am­i­na­tions in the Mad­hya Pradesh Pro­fes­sional Ex­am­i­na­tion Board also called Vya­pam (Vyavsayic Parik­sha Man­dal).

Through Trivedi, Sharma re­port­edly pushed for selec­tion of favoured can­di­dates in the Samvida Shala Shik­shak Pa­trata Parik­sha Varg-3 Exam, con­ducted by Vya­pam in 2011.

Be­sides Sharma, Shukla and Trivedi, the CBI named 92 oth­ers in the FIR.

Sharma and Shukla al­ready spent time in prison in 2014 af­ter the Mad­hya Pradesh STF, which in­ves­ti­gated the case ear­lier, named them and 55 oth­ers in its charge sheet. Sharma, is also an ac­cused in six other Vya­pam cases.

So far, the CBI has filed more than 110 charge sheets in con­nec­tion with the Vya­pam scam and named more than 1,600 peo­ple as ac­cused in these cases.

Ac­cord­ing to a CBI spokesper­son, the agency took over in­ves­ti­ga­tions fol­low­ing a di­rec­tion from the Supreme Court in 2015.

The agency’s in­ves­ti­ga­tion re­vealed that the ac­cused and al­leged mid­dle­men col­lected de­tails such as roll num­bers and form num­bers of favoured can­di­dates and pro­vided them to the then prin­ci­pal sys­tem an­a­lyst Nitin Mo­hin­dra in Vya­pam.

“Just prior to the dec­la­ra­tion of the re­sult, Mo­hin­dra cre­ated an­other data­base in re­spect of the can­di­dates whose marks were to be in­creased. It was also al­leged that he in­creased the marks as per so as to make them qual­ify and there­after deleted the orig­i­nal re­sults...” said a CBI spokesman.

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