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Raids at MPPEB officials’ houses unearth R20 lakh

Police on Monday raided the residences of officials of Madhya Pradesh Professional Examination Board (MPPEB) Nitin Mahendra and Ajay Sen in Bhopal and recovered cash of Rs 15 lakh and Rs 5 lakh respectively.

bhopal Updated: Jul 23, 2013 10:31 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times

Police on Monday raided the residences of officials of Madhya Pradesh Professional Examination Board (MPPEB) Nitin Mahendra and Ajay Sen in Bhopal and recovered cash of Rs 15 lakh and Rs 5 lakh respectively.

A bank account of Nitin, which was with Punjab National Bank, was also freezed by the Indore crime branch and all the transactions are under the scanner now. According to crime branch sources, the money recovered was handed over to the two officials in cash in the first week of July.

Police have raided the house of the third accused CK Mishra on Sunday and recovered some important documents and a hard disk.

Police are also scanning bank accounts of Jagdish Sagar (the kingpin of the MPPMT scam) and his wife Sunita to ferret out transactions, which could be used as evidence. Meanwhile, crime branch sources said that Sunita is not using her mobile phone and hence, it is not easy to trace her.

“We have information that she is at some relative’s place. We will nab her soon,” said a crime branch official.

The police remand of Jagdish Sagar has been extended till July 27 on Monday.

Police said that they need more interrogation to collect other concrete evidences in the case and more raids could follow in next few days.

On Sunday, crime branch raided the house of Sagar again and found 20 land registries, most of them were in the name of Sagar’s wife Sunita Sagar.

A registry in the name of Sagar’s father was also recovered, said a crime branch official.

During the same raid, the crime branch also recovered the seals of principals of Bhind and other districts, which suggested that he was also engaged in making fake domicile certificates for imposters who were mostly from Uttar Pradesh and were also scorers of the examination.

Sources said that five students of Uttar Pradesh have qualified MPPMT by using fake domicile certificates and police are now scanning their details and collecting evidences.

On the other hand, the crime branch have claimed they have scanned the documents recovered from coaching institutes of Kanpur and found that one of two imposters who were already pursuing MBBS degrees from some college in Uttar Pradesh was arrested on July 7 by Indore police.

According to crime branch sources, about 100 acres holding was found in the name of Sagar in Newaripahta (Dewas).

Crime branch sources said that a team was sent to Bhind to verify the passport which was issued in 2005 from the same district.

Four students of Indore have filed a writ petition in Indore bench of Madhya Pradesh High Court for cancelling the MPPMT examination 2013 on Monday on which hearing is scheduled to be on Tuesday.

The writ was filed by Chirag Semere and others on Monday.

“As per media reports the students have found that there was massive fraud and scam in the examination hence they have filed a petition,” said Bharagava.

On Sunday, civil supplies minister Paras Saklecha urged the government for a CBI inquiry.

He echoed that the entire scam of allowing impostors to sit for the exam and make the candidate clear an exam is something which has been going on in the organisation for a long time. He said he will move to the court if counselling is not stopped.

It is also worth mentioning that all the four accused — Sagar and three officials of board — were booked under sections of IT Act also.

Notably, four cases were registered against Jagdish Sagar in various police stations of Gwalior between 2000 and 2003.

Two cases are of fraud of similar kind and while the others are of cheque bounces. The other three are one in Murar police station (2003), two cases in Padav (02) and one in Jhansi Road police station in 2000.

First Published: Jul 23, 2013 10:27 IST