'MP STF acted in collusion with Pankaj Trivedi’
Abhay Chopra, who was among the parents to first move the court expressing apprehension that the Pre-medical test conducted by Professional Examination Board was fudged, appeared before Special Investigation Team probing the scam on Wednesday.bhopal Updated: Feb 19, 2015 17:08 IST
Abhay Chopra, who was among the parents to first move the court expressing apprehension that the Pre-medical test (PMT) conducted by Professional Examination Board (PEB) was fudged, appeared before Special Investigation Team (SIT) probing the scam on Wednesday.
He alleged the Special Task Force (STF), a team of police who initially investigated the case, let the PEB exam controller Pankaj Trivedi ensure admission of all the students in medical colleges with whom he allegedly had a deal for PMT- 2013.
Deposing before the SIT headed by Justice Chandresh Bhushan, Chopra said that soon after the PMT scam came to light in 2013 with the arrest of some imposters from Indore, Pankaj Trivedi, in his capacity as exam controller of PEB, wrote to the principal secretary of medical education to initiate the process of admission into medical colleges on July 20, 2013.
Chopra said Trivedi had no business to ask for initiation of admission process into medical colleges as PEB was only supposed to conduct the admission test and hand over the merit list to the department concerned.
Trivedi went out of his way to see that admission process could be wraped up before the names came out.
The Congress on Monday stepped up its attack on chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan for his alleged role in the scam. The state had cancelled admissions of many students after it was revealed they had got admissions in government medical colleges by bribing government and PEB officials.
Chopra alleged Trivedi received cooperation from all, including the principal secretary of medical education, the director of medical education and even the Indore police and the STF in his 'nefarious' design.
To further buttress his argument that officials, including the police were hand in glove, Chopra said the bureaucracy were unusually quick in granting clearances.
He said Trivedi wrote a letter to Indore DIG on July 19, 2013 seeking clearance for counselling for admission into medical colleges. The same day, the letter from Bhopal reached Indore DIG and later SP, Indore, and came back to PEB office in Bhopal.
Next day, Trivedi, who is now in jail as kingpin of the PEB racket, ordered all the colleges to start counselling for admission on July 21. He put STF in the dock by accusing it of holding back the name of suspect students until they got admission.