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MPPEB scam: Diggy writes to SIT, points out 'discrepancies' in probe

Congress general secretary Digvijaya Singh wrote to Special Investigation Team, pointing out alleged discrepancies in the Special Task Force probe into the Professional Examination Board scam.

bhopal Updated: Dec 07, 2014 16:21 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times
Digvijaya Singh,Madhya Pradesh,PEB scam

Congress general secretary Digvijaya Singh on Saturday wrote to the Special Investigation Team (SIT), pointing out alleged discrepancies in the Special Task Force (STF) probe into the Professional Examination Board (PEB) scam.

The Madhya Pradesh high court, which appointed SIT to investigate the scam, has held that any information or representation shall be submitted to the SIT chairman, who may take necessary action and issue instructions to the STF head.

In the letter submitted to the SIT chairman, Singh mentioned that the STF failed to look into aspects of larger conspiracy as to the policy decision taken at the highest level to transfer recruitment of government services to PEB in 2007.

It was part of a game plan to create a mechanism to induct favoured undeserving candidates at the recommendations of the high-profile persons, as suggested by the excel sheets recovered from suspended PEB official Nitin Mohindra, stated the letter. The SIT is headed by a retired chief justice.

Singh mentioned that call details records are important piece of evidence but the STF officials said call records of only preceding year can be retrieved from mobile companies though the details are stored in mother server at places of up to five years or more, and the CBI has successfully retrieved older call details in case of sensitive investigation.

The letter added that the STF does not provide complete excel sheet retrieved from Mohindra’s hard disk to any authority, and it releases only part of it at the time of filing charge sheet relating to a particular examination. Also, the former chief minister said, he has mentioned that names of high-profile persons are mentioned in the excel sheet but the STF only concentrated on the students while state or union minister whose name figured repeatedly, were not even arrested.

It has also been mentioned that the STF adopted a twin criteria to deal with persons whose name surface during investigation, it is on the whim and fancy of the STF officials to make someone a witness or an accused.

In the nine-page document, the alleged discrepancies in STF’s probe have been pointwise mentioned. They include discrepancies in investigation of different examinations conducted by the PEB.

First Published: Dec 07, 2014 16:14 IST