One of the key accused in Madhya Pradesh Professional Examination Board (MPPEB) admission and recruitment scam, dismissed MPPEB exam controller Pankaj Trivedi, has accused Amit Pandey, husband of additional chief secretary rank officer of Madhya Pradesh government Ajita Bajpai Pandey, of being involved in the Contract Teacher Grade-3 Recruitment-2011 scam.
The special task force (STF)’s supplementary charge-sheet filed in the special court on Tuesday in connection with the recruitment scam.
Pankaj Trivedi also revealed the names of former minister Laxmikant Sharma, former officer on special duty (OSD) to minister Laxmikant Sharma, OP Shukla, former OSD to governor Ram Naresh Yadav, Dhanraj Yadav, among those who allegedly recommended the names of candidates for selection as contract teachers.
The 149-page supplementary charge-sheet filed on Tuesday has 35 accused, however, Amit Pandey is conspicuous by his absence though his name finds mention in the FIR registered by STF regarding the crime.
The FIR also has reference to Union minister Uma Bharti, who had reportedly recommended her candidates to Pankaj Trivedi.
The name of Amit Pandey was also there on the ‘excel sheet’ that was recovered by STF from the hard disk of Nitin Mahindra’s w(the then principal system analyst of MPPEB) computer.
In his statement to STF, Nitin Mahindra revealed that he had referred to Amit Pandey as ‘Pandeyji’ in the ‘excel sheet’. The sheet was prepared by the accused to maintain record of the candidates, who were recommended by influential persons or the middlemen.
Pankaj Trivedi’s statement recorded before the STF, which is attached with the charge-sheet as a memorandum, mentions that Amit Pandey had recommended as many as 10 candidates’ names for their selection.
“Pandeyji had come with Layak Singh, a resident of Gwalior, and introduced to me Layak Singh as his close friend. Later, they gave me nearly 10 candidates’ roll numbers and asked us to pass them in the written exam. I gave those roll numbers to Nitin Mahindra,” reads the memorandum.
Trivedi also revealed that former minister Laxmikant Sharma and his OSD, OP Shukla, had recommended names of nearly 50 candidates.
“He has been made an accused in the case on the basis of statements given by arrested accused. We are gathering concrete evidence against him. If we get solid evidence against him he would be arrested soon,” said a senior STF officer on the condition of anonymity.
Despite efforts, Amit Pandey couldn’t be contacted for his comments.