A computer expert who led investigators through the maze of Madhya Pradesh’s most high-profile scam is the mysterious ‘Mr X’ who has sought protection from the Delhi high court, multiple sources said on Saturday.
On Friday, he filed a petition in Delhi seeking protection from possible retribution by "influential people" involved in the examination and recruitment scandal, commonly known as the professional examination board scam.
The multi-layered scam saw candidates rig examinations for admission to colleges and recruitment in government jobs through scamsters who employed imposters to write test papers, manipulated sitting arrangements and even supplied forged answer sheets.
HT has refrained from identifying the petitioner as the matter is sub-judice.
Sources said that he fled to Delhi after falling out with police and the special task force (STF) probing the scam, which has till date seen the arrest of over 1,800 people, including politicians, businessmen, police personnel and close relatives of top bureaucrats.
Sources said that the man, hailed as a whistleblower by the opposition Congress, was used by the STF to retrieve data from hard disks of computers of the MPPEB and also obtain call details of persons related the scam.
Sources said he had worked for Madhya Pradesh police for six to seven years, assisting them in dealing cyber crimes.
On July 21, 2014, Congress leader KK Mishra had addressed a press conference to make public call detail records related to the scam and investigators suspected the expert to be the man who had supplied these.
He was even arrested from a hotel in MP Nagar along with one of his friends, just three weeks after Mishra’s disclosure. He was later released on bail.
STF officials suspect that the computer expert made copies of all the documents before handing them over to investigators.
The sources said that the computer expert was the man who provided scam-related documents to Congress leader Digvijaya Singh, who later lodged a complaint with the special investigation team (SIT) appointed by the MP High Court.
Singh had claimed at a press conference earlier this month that the documents “proved” the involvement of chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan in the scam.
"The MP Police and STF first used the computer expert for scam investigation and then started harassing him," Congress spokesperson Manak Agrawal said.
Director general of police Surendra Sinh refused to comment when asked whether the computer expert was "threatened" by the police.
"The Delhi High Court has given certain directions, we would follow them," he said.
STF’s additional director general Sudhir Sahi could not be reached for comments despite several attempts.