MPPEB scam: STF solves Sudhir ‘high and low’ mystery in seized excel sheets

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Bhopal/Gwalior
  • Updated: Jun 16, 2015 17:02 IST

The mystery of ‘Sudhir (High)’ and ‘Sudhir (Low)’ as named in the excel sheet stored in the hard disc of MPPEB scam key accused Nitin Mahindra’s computer has been solved by the Special Task Force (STF), sources claimed on Monday.

The STF on Monday presented a charge sheet against nine people in connection with the forest guard recruitment scam of 2013.

The scam is a part of the MPPEB scam, which relates to the irregularities in the conduct of examinations and selection of candidates for various government jobs in the state.

The STF has arrested 35 out of the 100 accused in the case so far and a supplementary charge sheet is likely to be presented soon.

According to sources, out of eight candidates recommended by mining baron Sudhir Sharma, two were his close relatives and their selection was a ‘must’ and therefore former principal analyst Nitin Mahindra had named them as Sudhir (High).

The remaining six were recommended to Sudhir Sharma by other people, including a former Member of Parliament (MP) from Rewa and former district panchayat president from Betul.

They were bracketed as Sudhir (Low), because their selection depended on the possibility and the amount of money paid on behalf of the candidates.

The candidates who had been bracketed as Sudhir (High) are Mukesh Sharma and Rishikesh Sharma and the remaining six, who were bracketed as Sudhir (Low), are Vishal Patel, Vipinesh Dwivedi, Dheerendra Dwivedi, Sanjay Singh, Preetam Singh and Abhishek Narware, said an STF officer on condition of anonymity.

The officer confirmed that Sudhir Sharma, in his statement to the STF, had confessed that the candidates, who had been bracketed as Sudhir (High), were his relatives.

“He said he had not paid money to Nitin Mahindra for his relatives, while he had paid Rs 2 lakh for each of the remaining six candidates,” the officer said.

The STF had registered a case in the forest guard recruitment scam of 2013 against 101 persons, including governor Ramnaresh Yadav, on February 24. The FIR against the governor was later quashed by the Jabalpur high court.

The written exam for the forest guard recruitment was held on March 3, 2013, and the result was declared on December 16, 2013.

PMT whistleblower appears in local court

Meanwhile, PMT whistleblower Ashish Chaturvedi appeared in the court of sessions judge Satish Chandra Sharma for deposing against Rahul Yadav, who according to him got into a medical college without passing Class 12 and went on to pass MBBS as well.

He urged the court that his application for recording the statement at a solitary place instead of a courtroom be considered.

The court asked his lawyer if he had any objection as his application was conceded. Chaturvedi told the court that despite his directive, the police was not serious about his security.

When the court asked for a reply from police on the issue, the court was assured that a reply on the status of his security would be presented on Tuesday.

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