All India Congress Committee general secretary Digvjjaya Singh in his statement to the Special Task Force (STF) on Thursday not only referred to the alleged tampering of evidence to give a clean chit to the chief minister but also went on to question why there was no action against Uma Bharti, a retired IAS officer, chief minister’s close aide Gulab Singh Kirar and his son, wife of finance minister Sudha Mallaiyya and other high-profile persons despite ample proof of their involvement in the scam.
On the other hand, he said that a large number of students and their parents were in jail in connection with the scam, who should actually be made approver in the case.
But, the STF has chosen a member of the Madhya Pradesh Professional Exam Board racket Raghvendra Singh Tomar as an approver, which is not proper, he added.
Digvijaya, in his statement, a copy of which was released to the media on Thursday, further said that the scam was brewing in the PEB for years and the chief minister knew about it but there took no action to expose the scam. This shows his complicity in the matter.
Referring to acts of omission and commission during investigation, he said the hash value of the hard disk was not recorded while seizing the hard disk of PEB’s former principal system analyst Nitin Mahindra thereby rendering veracity of the excel-sheet received from the hard disk subject to questioning.
He further said the hard disk should not have been sent to Gandhinagar lab for examination but to a Central lab as the former’s credentials have been under doubt.
While talking about digital ‘evidence’ available with him, Singh said that they were provided to him by a digital forensic engineer Prashant Pandey, who had told him that he was used by the Indore police and later by the STF to examine the digital evidence and during the process he had preserved a mirror image of the excel sheet retrieved from Mahindra’s computer.
“Whatever statements I have given regarding digital evidence available with me, it is based on digital evidence received from Prashant Pandey and if any clarification is required about them, he should be contacted,” said the former chief minister.