Two persons, including a top real estate developer, were on Friday arrested by the Special Task Force (STF) that is probing Madhya Pradesh’s most high-profile scam, officials said.
Raja Tomar alias Santosh Singh Tomar was arrested for his alleged involvement in the examination and recruitment scandal known as the Professional Examination Board (PEB) scam, in which governor Ram Naresh Yadav is also an accused.
Tomar along with Mohit Sharma, who he allegedly recommended for the post of a forest guard, were arrested from their respective houses late on Thursday night, said an official of the STF.
The duo was produced in a court and remanded to STF custody till April 15, he said.
Tomar, a resident of Neelbad in Ratibad, was close to another scam accused Bharat Mishra, he added. Mishra is the brother of an inspector general of police rank officer posted at the state police headquarters.
The official further said that Tomar met Sharma in a city fitness centre where he worked as a trainer.
According to the official, Tomar had taken allegedly Rs 3 lakh from Sharma and to get him recruited as a forest guard.
The official said that the probe agency suspects that Tomar might be involved in other cases related to the scam.
An official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorised to publically discuss the investigation, told Hindustan Times that investigations have revealed Tomar’s connections with several prominent people, who were suspects to be involved in the scam.
"Apart from his involvement in the forest guard recruitment scam, Tomar will also be questioned about his involvement in other scams during his remand. He is suspected to be involved in several other cases being probed by the STF,” he said.
The official further said that the STF would investigate about the properties owned by Tomar and as he had been booked under the Prevention of Corruption Act.
Tomar, he said owned a bungalow built on 7 acre land beside owning a couple of high-end luxury cars.
Speaking to the media in court, Tomar dined that he was involved in the scam, saying that he was being falsely implicated.
"I have nothing to do with the scam. I am being implicated in a false case," he said.
He said he feared the STF may torture him and make him sign documents.