Laxmikant Sharma sent to jail as MP court refuses STF remand extension

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Bhopal
  • Updated: Nov 22, 2014 16:38 IST

Former minister Laxmikant Sharma, who was in the Special Task Force (STF) custody in connection with his alleged role in the contract teachers’ grade-3 recruitment scam, was produced before the court on expiry of police remand on Friday and sent to jail on judicial custody.

The STF had requested remand for Sharma on the ground that he did not co-operate during interrogation and needed to be questioned further, but the court denied STF’s request.

During the course of interrogation, Sharma refused his involvement in the scam, saying he was not aware about what his officer on special duty OP Shukla had done using his name, STF sources said.

Sharma was arrested by STF in this case on November 18. Sharma, who is accused in several cases related to the Madhya Pradesh Professional Examination Board (MPPEB) scam, was named as accused in this case after statements of MPPEB officials Pankaj Trivedi and Nitin Mahindra, who are the key accused of scam. Trivedi and Mahindra had reportedly told the interrogators that the minister had recommended about 12-15 names for the recruitment as contract teachers through his personal assistant OP Shukla.

Court reserves order on Upmanyu’s bail
The court of additional district sessions judge, Vijay Kumar Pandey heard the arguments of both the defence and the prosecution counsel over the bail plea of suspended inspector Upmanyu Saxena. The court however reserved its decision for Saturday.

Saxena is accused of abetting his living partner Indu Sharma to suicide. Saxena, who was on runs since a case was registered against him, had surrendered before the court recently. The police have submitted the charge-sheet against Saxena in the district court on Wednesday. In the charge-sheet, the police have claimed that Saxena used to harass Indu Sharma physically and mentally that prompted her to end her life.

Congress ‘busy with polls’, can’t go to STF
Congress leaders who were called by the STF for recording their statements in connection with the PEB scam, have told the agency that they can’t reach the STF office right now, as they were busy in the civic polls.

The party leaders had earlier addressed a press conference and cited documents about corruption in exams conducted by PEB. It was in this context that STF had called some leaders by November 21. The party, however, informed STF officials, that due to civic polls they would not be able to come.

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