MPPEB scam: Not statements, Digvijaya must provide proof, says SIT

  • Ashutosh Shukla and Yogendra Pratap Singh, Hindustan Times, Bhopal
  • Updated: May 08, 2015 16:07 IST

Under attack from senior Congress leader Digvijaya Singh for being "weak & ineffective", Special Investigation Team (SIT) chief Justice Chandresh Bhushan said the veteran leader should go beyond words and provide the SIT evidence to support his contention that excel sheet contained in the pen drive provided by him was original.

Bhushan said quashing FIR against governor was not a setback for him as the MP High Court has only restrained the STF from acting against the governor till he is in office, something which the investigative agency would not have done in any case following registration of FIR.

Three-member SIT has been created by the HC to monitor the Special Task Force (STF) probe into the Professional Examination Board (PEB) scam.

Bhushan told HT, "Digvijaya Singh has given us a mere pen drive and he claims it contains the original excel sheet. But, where is the evidence? He or whistleblower X from whom he has obtained the pen drive should at least explain where did they get the excel sheet from. STF has the clone of excel sheet and also the hard disk from which they have downloaded the relevant data. Both the clone and the original excel sheet as contained in the hard disk are the same."

"Digvijaya Singh has also given us clone of the excel sheet which he claims to be original but where is the source of that mirror image so that the data in the two could be tallied," said the retired judge of MP High Court, who has also been Up Lokayukta of MP.

When asked would Singh go to the extent of presenting a fake pen drive as original excel sheet seized from former principal system analyst Nitin Mahindra, Bhushan said, "I don’t know. We have given our opinion, which the high court has endorsed. If he has any grievances, he could go to court and challenge our finding."

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