Though Special Task Force (STF) officials continued to be evasive on the contents of first information report (FIR) registered in connection with scam in recruitment of transport constables, they unofficially admitted on Tuesday that the FIR has indeed been lodged against 39 persons, 35 of them candidates and four Madhya Pradesh Professional Examination Board (MPPEB) officials.
According to the FIR, 35 candidates had left the circles on the answer-sheets blank and the blank circles were filled by MPPEB staff in connivance with former controller of exam of MPPEB Pankaj Trivedi and chief system analyst Nitin Mahindra.
Two other officials of MPPEB, who have also been made accused in the FIR, are CK Mishra and Ajay Sen. It has also been mentioned in the FIR that the candidates had paid between Rs 10 lakh and 25 lakh to the middlemen to pass the written test of Transport Constable Recruitment Test-2012. The test was conducted by MPPEB.
STF sources said names of some top police officials and political leaders, including those from the ruling party, might crop up as the investigation into the scam proceeded.
"In the preliminary investigation, it was found that 35 candidates had passed the written exam using fraudulent means. Some of the accused candidates were recommended by the police officials and top political leaders. The role of suspected political leaders and police officials is being verified and if they are found guilty, their names would be included in the FIR." said a senior STF officer on the condition of anonymity.
The officer said that candidates have been made accused in the case on the basis of excel sheet that was recovered from the computer of chief system analyst Nitin Mahindra. In the excel sheet, names of middlemen, police officials and political leaders are mentioned before the name of candidates, who were recommended by them and the amount realised from the candidates.
"We shall first arrest the candidates, who have been made accused in the case. They would be quizzed to verify as to whom they had paid the money," said another STF officer.
Sources also claimed that four officials of MPPEB, who are already in jail in connection with other cases related to MPPEB scam, would soon be formally arrested in this case and would be quizzed afresh.