At least 15 people who became typists and stenographers in the Madhya Pradesh government allegedly on the basis of fake typing and shorthand certificates are likely to be arrested for fraud by the special task force (STF) of the state police.
After a prolonged probe into the 2013 typists/stenographers examination fraud, the STF has drawn its first list of 15 employees – including five women – drawn from district courts, the special armed force, police department and the tribal welfare department.
These people are among 2,946 candidates who allegedly passed the typing and shorthand test conducted by the Lok Shikshan Sanchanalaya (Directorate of Public Instructions) through dubious means in 2013.
The beneficiaries reportedly paid anywhere between Rs 10,000 and Rs 80,000 to the members of an official-middlemen nexus for helping them clear the test through the tampering of answer books.
Of the 15 employees, four are posted in Bhopal, two in Rewa, two in Damoh, two in Gwalior and one each in Morena, Guna, Seoni and Datia districts. They were identified as Viresh Sharma, stenographer at the Bhopal district court; Sunita Maithil, a staffer at the tribal welfare department in Bhopal; Bharti Tiwari, an assistant sub-inspector at the state police headquarters; Uttam Singh Chauhan, a clerk at the PHQ accounts section; Sheikh Ibrana, a court stenographer; Abhishek Pippal, an ASI-stenographer at the additional SP Datia office; Parul Chouhan, a stenographer at CID-Gwalior; and Mohd Ghulam Ansari, a sub-inspector/shorthand expert with the Rewa district police, among others.
Seven other government employees also face apprehension in this regard, sources said, adding that departmental action would be taken against the suspects once they are booked.
These 15 employees hail from the first lot of 2,946 candidates who had passed the 2013 typing and shorthand test through allegedly unfair means.
As many as 3,000 people were booked for cheating, forgery and fraud by the STF in October 2013. While 54 people were named in the case, 2,946 remained anonymous.
Nineteen people, including then DPI typing and shorthand exam board chairman Subhash Paspore and secretary Asha Jadaun, have been chargesheeted already.