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I-T dept to probe


INDORE : Two days after Meghna Pandey, wife of Vyapam whistleblower Prashant Pandey, was detained by local police and Rs 9.96 lakh was seized from her, income tax department on Monday declared its intentions to probe the matter. A letter from the City police was received by the income tax department in the evening informing the officials about the seizure from Meghna.

Department sources said after the matter was formally conveyed to them, a team will be assigned the task of probing the source of cash recovered from Meghna. In a dramatic operation, Meghna was detained by nearly a dozen police officers, including women personnel, while she was leaving her office, Laxmi Motors, for the day on July 25.

The move had created flutter across the country with allegations afoot about state government harassing Prashant and his family for acting against senior bureaucrats, ministers and politicians. As the matter blew out of proportion, Inspector General of Police Vipin Maheshwari was forced to hold a press conference on Sunday to control the damage.

He claimed that the police had acted on a tip-off and has alerted I-T department and the enforcement department for further action. Police officers involved in recording her statement before her release, claimed that she was unable to give satisfactory replies to the source of money she was carrying.

Owner of Laxmi Motors, Ankush Pahuja, denied before the police that the money was his. Prashant had alleged that it was an attempt to harass his family for exposing ‘bigwigs’ involved in the scam regarding recruitments and admissions to medical colleges through tests conducted by Madhya Pradesh Public Service Commission (MPPSC) – also called Vyapam. Prashant was roped in by the Special Task Force (STF) for investigations into the scam. He procured vital information about the scam during the probe and pointed out flaws in investigations.

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