A newly-created vigilance cell will keep an eye on “suspicious activities” in the Madhya Pradesh Professional Examination Board (MPPEB), its top official said on Monday, years after the organisation was rocked by one of the biggest exam-rigging scandals in the country.
A joint controller-level officer will head the new section which will monitor movement of files and even official decisions besides activities of officers and other employees.
The scandal, infamous as the Vyapam scam from the board’s Hindi acronym, saw candidates rig recruitment examinations and entrance tests to professional medical colleges between 2004 and 2012.
The CBI took over probe into the scam cases from a special task force (STF) formed by the state government.
The name Vyapam was also changed to shed the infamous legacy associated with it.
“After the scam, MPPEB has restructured its organisational structure. The vigilance section is one of them. This section will play a major role in bringing transparency and salvaging the credibility of MPPEB,” MPPEB director Bhaskar Lakshakar said.
Sources in the board said creation of the vigilance cell will also bring in better coordination with agencies probing a large number of cases related to the scam. The CBI was handed over the case last year.
“This section will play important role in the investigations into Vyapam scam (cases) as the probe will continue for few more years. The formation of separate section will reduce the pressure and burden of officers of MPPEB,” an official said requesting anonymity.
Investigative agencies also welcomed the vigilance cell.
“This is a very good move by MPPEB as coordination will increase between MPPEB and investigative agencies. Now, they would be able to provide documents timely,” said an officer of an investigative agency.
In the past 15 months, the CBI has completed scrutiny in 72 cases registered by the STF.
In a recent report submit to the Supreme Court, which is monitoring the probe, CBI found 14 cases fit for prosecution but said 14 other cases need further investigation.