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MP Vyapam scam: Whistleblower’s evidence may bring STF under CBI scanner

Vyapam whistleblower Prashant Pandey has handed over proofs to the CBI which allegedly establish that a key evidence had been tampered with while it was in the custody of MP crime branch and the special task force, CBI officials said on Wednesday.

bhopal Updated: Nov 26, 2015 19:50 IST
Vyapam whistleblower Prashant Pandey has handed over evidence to CBI which allegedly establish that the hard disk was tampered with while it was in the custody of MP crime branch.
Vyapam whistleblower Prashant Pandey has handed over evidence to CBI which allegedly establish that the hard disk was tampered with while it was in the custody of MP crime branch.(HT file photo)

Vyapam whistleblower Prashant Pandey has handed over proofs to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) which allegedly establish that a key evidence had been tampered with while it was in the custody of Madhya Pradesh crime branch and the special task force, CBI officials said on Wednesday.

The role of the two investigating agencies should now be probed, Pandey demanded.

The multi-crore vyapam scam is an admission and recruitment scam involving politicians, senior officials and businessmen in Madhya Pradesh. It was first probed by the state crime branch and then the STF in 2013 after it was unearthed. Now the CBI is handling the case.

The crime branch sleuths had seized a hard disk from the computer of former principal systems analyst Nitin Mahindra at Vyapam headquarters, now in jail since 2013.

However, Pandey had made a copy of the disk then as he apprehended a foul play after Mahindra’s arrest in 2013. Pandey said he handed over a pen drive to the CBI containing a copy of the content on the original hard disk and had duly apprised the agency of how the evidence had been destroyed while in custody.

The disk contains an excel sheet which carries names of high-profile persons with amounts they paid to get their favourites selected in various recruitment examinations.

Pandey said that the disk he submitted was untempered which was verified byBengaluru-based Truth labs. However, he said that the original hard disk had been tampered with and the names of some high-profile persons removed. He said, “In the light of the evidence, I am quite hopeful that the investigation will now reach a crucial stage.”

Senior Congress leader Digvijaya Singh had earlier alleged that the evidence had been manipulated to protect Madhya Pradesh chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan and his close associates.

Evidence

The crime branch sleuths had seized a hard disk from the computer of former principal systems analyst Nitin Mahindra at Vyapam headquarters, now in jail since 2013.

Pandey claims he had made a copy of the disk then as he apprehended a foul play in 2013. Pandey said he handed over a pen drive to the CBI containing a copy of the disk.