The Special Task Force (STF) arrested afresh former minister Laxmikant Sharma and his former officer on special duty (OSD), OP Shukla, on Friday in connection with their role in the Data Entry and Computer Operators Recruitment scam.
The two were produced before the court and remanded to the STF custody till May 5.
The exam for 387 posts of the Data Entry and Computer Operators, 2013 was held by the Madhya Pradesh Professional Exam Board (MPPEB) on May 5 that year.
STF sources said during the investigation it was learnt that fraudulent appointments were made for data entry and computer operators.
The STF later registered a case last year and made 19 persons, including Sharma and Shukla, former controller of exams of MPPEB, former principal system analyst Nitin Mahindra, assistant system analyst CK Mishra accused, in the case.
"Sharma and Shukla had got fraudulently recruited about 14 candidates with the connivance of MPPEB officials. Though, it is not clear how much money the two had taken from the candidates," said an STF official, on the condition of anonymity.
He further said a total of 14 accused, including three officials of the MPPEB, have been arrested.
Sharma is accused in several cases related to the MPPEB scam, including Contract Teachers' Recruitment, Police Constable Recruitment, Pre-PG Medical Test, Food inspectors.
He has been arrested in most cases and was in jail on judicial remand.
Shukla to be kept in hospital's jail ward
The court of additional sessions judge Bhupendra Singh on Friday accepted former officer on duty OP Shukla's request to be kept in jail ward of Hamidia Hospital during the police remand.
Shukla had moved an application before the court that he has been facing problems as his lower body was paralysed.
Later, the court asked the STF to provide Shukla security at jail ward.