A special court in Satna, 486 km from Bhopal, sentenced former officer on special duty (OSD) OP Shukla who was posted with ex-education minister Laxmikant Sharma to ten years’ imprisonment on Friday.
Shukla, an accused in the Professional Examination Board (PEB) scam and in jail since his arrest by the Special Task force (STF) which is probing the scam, was convicted in a case of fraud that happened in 2003. The case was registered by the Lokayukta.
Shukla was booked for getting money by submitting fake hotel bills when he was the general manager of the MP State Civil Supplies Corporation, almost a decade ago. Shukla and another officer SK Trivedi, who had gone to Satna, stayed in a private hotel at government expenses by misusing official position.
However, the local officials had objected to the payments made to them in cash without the headquarters’ sanction but Shukla had prevailed over them and got the money.
A complaint was made to Lokayukta and after a preliminary inquiry, the two officers were booked.
A charge-sheet was presented in the court in 2010.
The special court has held him guilty and sentenced him to 10 years’ imprisonment for criminal conspiracy in the case.
Trivedi was also convicted and sentenced to 10 years’ imprisonment.
Meanwhile, in a separate case, a court in Bhopal, on Friday, convicted a former bank manager RS Iyer for committing a fraud by giving housing loans, causing a loss of over `36 lakh to the bank. Iyer was the manager of the Central Bank of India’s Shahpura branch.