More than Rs 12 lakh was found on Monday in wads of cash and a cheque from a desk inside the Vyapam office once used by one of the key suspects in the scam that has singed the department.
The cash, Rs 11.99 in all and wrapped in newspapers that police sources said were from April-May, 2013 – was found from the drawers of a table used by former Vyapam official CK Mishra.
Additionally, a cheque of Rs 75,000 drawn in the name of former systems analyst and co-accused Nitin Mahindra was also found, police officials said.
Vyapam, or the Professional Examination Board of Madhya Pradesh, has been in the news for widespread rigging of recruitment and entrance examinations it oversaw, with alleged conduits having held high places in the government.
Police sources said the discovery of the cash was made by a carpenter, who tried to pry open one of the handles attached to the desk.
After the discovery, administration officials at the Vyapam headquarters called in the police, which seized all the material.
Besides the cash, police also recovered a driving licence, a vehicle insurance policy and some other documents. The driver licence and insurance were in the name of Anil Mahindra, the brother of Nitin Mahindra.
Superintendent of police (south) Anshuman Singh said that a case had been registered. “Some documents and money have been recovered from the drawers of the table. We are scrutinizing the documents,” he said.
Sources said that there were seal of a particular bank on the bunch of currencies. “The notes are of a particular serial number and there is seal of a particular bank,” said a senior police officer.