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MP: Whistleblower to challenge SIT findings

bhopal Updated: Apr 27, 2015 23:52 IST
HT Correspondent
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Hindustan Times
Whistle-blower Prashant Pandey

Whistle-blower Prashant Pandey (Mr X) on sunday said he would challenge the findings of the special investigation team (SIT) on the pen drive and documents submitted by him in the Delhi high court in connection with the MPPEB scam.

He claimed he had the ‘original’ excel-sheets recovered from the computer of one of the key accused in the Madhya Pradesh Professional Examination Board (MPPEB) Nitin Mahindra, which is expected to change the course of investigation in the case.

The scam relates to irregularities in the PEB’s selection and recruitment process for various government posts.

"I will move an application in the delhi high court, seeking to know from the SIT as to who examined the excel sheets, which has held as forged. I had given them three excel sheets: the original excel sheet as retrieved from the computer, original excel sheet after bringing it into proper shape and size and tampered excel sheet,"he said while talking to HT from Delhi.

"I would like to know which excel sheet they are talking about. I would also like to know all the seven reasons they have given to the high court to substantiate their opinion that the excel sheet and other documents presented by me are forged," he added.

Pandey said he would approach the HC on monday and would move an application challenging the findings of the SIT. Pandey, while questioning the intent of the investigating agency Special Task Force (STF), said when he offered to give them a statement in the hc, they refused to record it as he was neither an accused nor a witness in the PEB scam.

He asked: "Now, they have sent a notice to my Indore address, asking me to produce myself for a statement. They know I am now settled in Delhi, so why should they send a notice to my parents?"

"They had even refused to recognise me despite the fact that if the cctv footage of the STF headquarters was seen during the initial days of the PEB scam investigation, I would be seen in them umpteen times." Pandey, who claims to have helped the Indore police and later the STF crack the digital evidence in the case, had disappeared for a while.

He was later arrested by the Bhopal police and beaten up for maintaining call detail reports (cdr) of the accused in the scam. He was released on bail.