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Mohindra tricked me: Sharma to enforcement directorate

HT Correspondent HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  Indore, August 26, 2014
First Published: 19:47 IST(26/8/2014) | Last Updated: 21:24 IST(26/8/2014)

The enforcement directorate (ED) officials grilled Karan Sharma in connection with the Professional Examination Board (PEB) scam for over three and half hours on Monday.

On Tuesday, officials are going to question Dr Jagdish Sagar, who is one of the main accused in the scam. ED sources said that Sharma, who is also accused under the Money Laundering Act by the ED, was essentially a commission agent who brought students to the officials.

Sources said that Sharma broke down a number of times in the course of the questioning. He said he was suffering from severe depression and his family had been ruined ever since his arrest in the scam.

Sharma admitted that he had introduced Santosh Gupta, another commission agent, to a senior system analyst at PEB, Nitin Mohindra.

But, he said that he was unaware of all that transpired between the two. He also alleged that Nitin Mohindra had tricked him and lured him into the scam.

Officials said that they could not get much out of him, but there is no doubt about his involvement. Sharma owns a travel agency and officials believe that part of the ill-gotten wealth from the scam had been used to finance the vehicles at the travel agency. They also said that they have enough documentary evidence to nail Sharma.

So far, the ED has questioned controller of exams Pankaj Trivedi and Nitin Mohindra and Sharma was the third accused to be questioned.


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