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Indore: ED files chargesheet against Dr Sagar, Dr Bhandari and others in VYAPAM scam


Indore: The Enforcement Directorate (ED) filed chargesheet under Prevention of Money Laundering Act against Vyapam scam main accused Dr Jagdeesh Sagar, Dr Vinod Bhandari, Dr Pankaj Trivedi and Nitin Mahindra before special court here on Friday.

As per reports, Dr Bhandari and Dr Sagar purchased property worth Rs 8.93 crore and Rs 5.01 crore respectively through money laundering. The chargesheet filed under Section 45 of Prevention of Money Laundering Act, 2002, consists of 2,505 pages. If convicted, the accused will be sentenced to seven years of imprisonment.

In the chargesheet filed in the court, Special Task Force of MP police alleged that a criminal conspiracy was hatched by racketeers namely Dr Jagdeesh Sagar, Dr Vinod Bhandari among others in connivance with Vyapam officials including Dr Pankaj Trivedi, Nitin Mahindra to ensure that certain candidates clear Pre Medical Test in 2012 and 2013 conducted by Vyapam through unfair means in lieu of money collected from candidates.

The money thus received from students was shared among Dr Sagar, Dr Bhandari, Mahindra and Dr Trivedi and others. Investigation revealed that Dr Sagar and Dr Bhandari deposited this ill-gotten money in banks and purchased movable and immovable properties. They projected them as properties bought with bank loan. ED attached the properties through three separate provisional attachment orders, which were later confirmed by competent authority.

The Vyapam scam surfaced after people staying at Hotel Pathik in Indore district were detailed by police. They were to appear in PMT on behalf of other candidates in 2013. An FIR was registered on July 7, 2013. The case was taken up by Special Task Force of MP police. Later, STF registered another 10 FIRs. ED had booked case under PMLA in 2014 against these four accused and started investigation.