AICC general secretary Digvijaya Singh on Monday reached the office of Special Investigation Team (SIT) which has been constituted on the orders of the High Court to monitor the special task force's (STF) probe into the Professional Examination Board (PEB) scam.
Singh gave representation before the chief of the SIT, justice (retired) Chandresh Bhushan. He also submitted 'evidence' that the investigation in the scam was 'manipulated' from the early stage of the case and that Nitin Mahindra's excel sheet was tampered. The former CM submitted affidavit before SIT that documents submitted by him were true.
When journalists later asked SIT chief Chandresh Bhushan, he said that Singh has given documents which would be studied. "If needed, STF would be directed to take action". When asked if evidences were given by Singh, Chandresh Bhushan said that Singh had given some papers and that these documents were not brought before the SIT by STF till now.
When asked if the STF had deliberately not brought the documents before SIT, Chandresh Bhushan said that he could not comment on it right now. "Everyone is equal before the law and whosoever has a role in the scam would be quizzed," he said.
Earlier, in his submission, Singh mentioned that on the basis of material available with him, the excel sheet in the charge sheet of crime regarding contract teachers' appointment examination was fudged and tampered with by the investigating agencies.
He also said that the investigating agency, rather than seizing the entire computer system along with network and set up, just focused on hard disk drive, which can not be identified as original in the absence of parent computer network and the agency did not take 'hash value' of the hard disk while it was connected to the computer so as to ensure that there was no change in data later.
Singh submitted that of the 131 serial numbers, 'CM' appears at 48 places and it was manipulated and replaced. Also, there were entries, 'minister 2, 'minister 3' and 'minister 4', which were also changed and replaced with minister, implying that all were saved and just Laxmikant Sharma was made a scapegoat.
He mentioned that Uma Bharti is mentioned 10 times in original document. But, after tampering, her name was mentioned 17 times, thus magnifying her role in the scam by agencies. Singh said that SIT should call for call detail records, SMSes and emails of prime accused from service providers as records submitted by STF are tampered. Singh had gone to the SIT office at Vindhyachal Bhawan around 12.30pm. He stayed there for over an hour. Later in the day, he addressed a press conference along with senior party leaders.