MPPEB scam probe: SIT chief says it takes time to gather proof

  • Ashutosh Shukla, Hindustan Times, Bhopal
  • Updated: Feb 12, 2015 18:49 IST

The head of a court-appointed panel on Wednesday said that the special task force probing multi-layered scams in the Madhya Pradesh Professional Examination Board was putting in a “genuine effort” to gather evidence against the accused.

The comments by justice Chandresh Bhushan assumes significance in the backdrop of the opposition Congress’ charge that the STF was going slow in its probe, especially against the high and mighty allegedly involved in the examination and recruitment scams.

“Investigation goes step by step. When they (STF) have evidence to prove charges against somebody, they will proceed with action,” said Bhushan, the chairperson of the special investigation team (SIT) formed by the Madhya Pradesh high court to monitor the STF’s probe.

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On Monday, the STF named Shailesh Yadav, son of governor Ramnaresh Yadav, in a supplementary charge sheet in the teachers’ appointment scam, prompting the Congress to demand action against him.

However, Bhushan said the STF should be given time to collect evidence to corroborate the charges against persons in question and that it cannot be expected to act against all of them simultaneously.

“They (STF) have collected some evidence against him (Yadav), let them corroborate it, he will be charge sheeted,” Bhushan added.

He said that a few Congress leaders met him to argue their case but added that none of them provided any additional evidence.

The SIT head also said it was difficult to set a time-frame for the STF to complete investigation into all the cases.

On the "secrecy" maintained in the investigations, Bhushan, who has also been the deputy lokayukta in MP, said no investigation is conducted in the open as "secrecy is an integral part of any serious probe".

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