MP: SIT to verify authenticity of Congress ‘evidence’ in PEB scam

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Bhopal
  • Updated: Feb 19, 2015 23:11 IST

The special investigation team will verify the authenticity of the “documentary evidence” provided by the opposition Congress in the Madhya Pradesh professional examination board rip-off, sources said on Thursday.

The SIT technical team led by an expert CML Reddy would scan the documents provided by senior Congress leader Digvijaya Singh, instead of sending them to any technical lab, the sources added.

“We are capable enough to check the excel-sheet, whether it was tampered with or not. SIT has no plans to send the documents to any lab to check their authenticity,” a SIT source said.

On February 16, Digvijaya Singh had met the SIT chairman justice Chandresh Bhushan and submitted several documents and a soft copy of an excel-sheet which were allegedly recovered from the computer of a former MPPEB official and an accused in the scam.

Later, Singh and two other Congress leaders — Jyotiraditya Scindia and Kamal Nath — told newsmen that chief minister Chouhan’s name had figured repeatedly in the original excel-sheet seized but was later “struck out”.

The SIT was appointed by the Madhya Pradesh high court to monitor the probe into the scam by the special task force.

In his statement filed before the SIT, Singh claimed that the words ‘CM’ was written at 48 places in the original excel-sheet, but it was the tampered with and the word was either changed or deleted.

Chouhan has, however, rubbished the Congress allegations as misleading.he also wrote a letter to the SIT chairman requesting an immediate probe into the matter.

The multi-layered scam in the MPPEB, the state organisation that conducts tests for a wide range of courses and jobs, saw scamsters in connivance with board employees help candidates rig examinations in lieu for money.

During investigations, the SIT found that the scamsters employed imposters to write test papers, manipulated sitting arrangements and even supplied forged answer sheets.

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