Vyapam scam probe: Indore crime branch official’s bank passbook recovered in CBI raid

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Bhopal
  • Updated: Sep 25, 2015 19:52 IST

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) during its search operation at the residence of a coaching class owner in Jabalpur on Thursday seized a bank passbook of a woman inspector of Indore crime branch.

The crime branch inspector was part of the Indore team that raided the residence of the private coaching class owner soon after the Vyapam scam broke in June 2013.

According to CBI sources, the passbook was recovered during the raid at the residence of Santosh Gupta, who runs a private coaching class — NEIC — in Jabalpur and is presently in jail for his alleged role in the Vyapam scam.

The CBI is now contemplating issuing a show-cause notice to the inspector asking how her bank passbook reached the residence of Gupta.

Sources said the inspector, over telephonic communication with CBI officials, had claimed that she left her handbag containing the bank passbook, a pen drive and some other documents at Gupta’s house during the raid.

“She has explained that the Indore crime branch raided Gupta’s house in 2013 and she was a part of the team. The team was in a hurry and she mistakenly left her handbag at Gupta’s residence. She thought she had lost her handbag somewhere else,” said a CBI official. He, however, said a notice would still be served to the inspector.

Sources further said a letter sent by Gupta from jail to his wife was also recovered. In the letter, he has referred to deposits made in different banks and the works for which it has to be utilised in her absence. He also asked his wife to consult legal experts about his case, said sources.

On Thursday, the CBI carried out searches at 40 places in Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh in connection with the Vyapam scam. The maximum number of searches — at 23 places — were conducted in Bhopal at the residences of former minister Laxmikant Sharma, mining baron Sudhir Sharma, former controller of exam of Vyapam Pankaj Trivedi, former principal system analyst Nitin Mahindra, local politician Sanjeev Saxena and others.

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