PEB scam: STF demands five designated courts in Bhopal, 4 in Gwalior

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Bhopal
  • Updated: Mar 11, 2015 16:15 IST

The Special Task Force (STF), which is investigating the multi-layered Professional Examination Board (PEB) scam, in its compliance report to the Madhya Pradesh High Court, demanded on Monday setting up of five designated courts here and four in Gwalior to deal exclusively with the cases.

Stating that there are 51 cases relating to the PEB scam in Bhopal and 50 similar cases in Gwalior, the STF sought five designated courts in Bhopal and another four in Gwalior.

In its brief order passed after receiving the compliance report, chief justice Justice AM Khanwilkar and Justice Alok Aradhe said, according to the STF, at least five designated courts should be provided in Bhopal to deal with around 51 cases.

Similarly, four designated judges will be required in Gwalior district to cope up with the trial of about 50 cases of similar type involving large number of accused.

The STF has also presented a plan on how it proposes to group cases and assign them to designated judges for trial.

"The information regarding the cases and how the cases should be grouped and assigned to concerned judges at Bhopal district is fond on pages 30 to 38; and for Gwalior district from pages 39 to 46," judges noted.

The HC allowed on Monday the STF to question governor Ramnaresh Yadav in the multi-crore recruitment scam but it remained unclear if he would resign after a police complaint against him last month.

Yadav is accused of recommending five candidates for recruitment as forest guards and taking `4 lakh from each of the job aspirants.

The scandal allegedly saw candidates bribe officials, rig exams by deploying imposters to write test papers and supply forged answer sheets during the recruitment conducted by the state-run board between 2012 and 2013. Over 1,800 arrests have been made so far.

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