The special task force probing the Madhya Pradesh PEB scam has recorded the statements of two police inspectors following evidence tampering allegations by Congress leader Digvijaya Singh, investigators said on Wednesday.
Sources said that Vinod Dixit and PB Singh, town inspectors of Chandan Nagar and Khajrana police stations in Indore respectively were summoned to STF headquarters recently and their statements recorded by STF officials.
Dixit and Singh were part of Indore police team which had recovered a hard disk from Madhya Pradesh Professional Examination Board principal system analyst Nitin Mahindra’s computer in July 2013, said sources.
Digvijaya had recently alleged the police had tampered with the hard disk to shield the guilty.
In July 2013, Indore crime branch had busted a gang of scorers involved in Madhya Pradesh pre-medical test (PMT), the first breakthrough in the multi-layered examination and recruitment scam.
A case was registered in this regard at Rajendra Nagar police station in Indore. During investigations, the crime branch learnt that MPPEB officials were also involved in the scam.
STF sources said that statements of all those police officials from Indore, who were involved in the investigation of the scam before it was handed over to STF, would also be recorded soon, to ascertain whether the hard disk was tampered with.
On February 16 this year, Digvijaya appeared before the high court appointed special investigation team (SIT) and submitted an affidavit along with some documents claiming that excel-sheets of Mahindra’s computer’s hard disk was tampered with.
Digvijaya had also submitted a pen-drive containing excel-sheets, which he claimed to be an original copy of the excel-sheet. He has accused the STF of failing to initiate action despite his providing “evidence” implicating chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan.
He alleged that Chouhan's name had figured repeatedly in the excel-sheet seized but was later "struck out".
Chouhan has repeatedly rubbished the Congress allegations. Governor Ram Naresh Yadav is also among those named in an FIR related to the scam.