Congress general secretary and former MP chief minister Digvijaya Singh on Tuesday alleged that the special task force (STF) was trying to suppress the Professional Examination Board (PEB) scam and was turning the case so weak that it would make conviction extremely difficult.
Singh alleged that probe had been compromised and there was tampering with the evidences. "It is being done deliberately to save chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan," claimed Digvijaya Singh, who also said that under Information Technology Act, it is a crime to tamper with documents and officials found guilty would have to face the law for it.
"Firstly, the 'hash value' was not mentioned in the recovery memo of files. Secondly, the original server of the Professional Examination Board (PEB) has not been seized as yet and there has been tampering in it as well," alleged Singh. "We have got the original excel sheet recovered from the hard disk of PEB's former principal system analyst Nitin Mahindra on which the entire investigation is based and we have also got the call details".
Singh also said only one hard disk was sent for forensic examination and it was sent not to either of the two major forensic laboratories at Chandigarh or Hyderabad, rather, it was sent to Gujarat. "The STF is trying to save chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan whose name comes during the probe," he said.
"Union minister Uma Bharti's name appears 18 times in the excel sheet but she has not been quizzed at all though former state education minister Laxmikant Sharma was arrested and made a scapegoat," he said. "I hope the Special Investigation Team (SIT) that has been constituted on High Court's order to monitor STF's investigation would inquire into it and get a proper probe done into STF's irregularities in the investigation."
Singh said he has appeared before SIT and is now expecting the SIT to force STF to take action against all those whose names appear in the scam. "Later, I could bring the original documents which I have got in public domain or submit them in the High Court," he added. The SIT, which is headed by a retired High Court judge, has been constituted by the High Court to monitor STF's probe in the PEB scam.