- Dr Sagar was arrested in 2003 but no tab was kept on him
- Senior secretaries panel wants Vyapam to be brought under GAD
Bhopal: Senior bureaucrats have raised serious questions on the police probe in Vyapam scam and expressed surprise over the fact that Dr Jagdish Sagar, the kingpin of the PMT scam could operate smoothly without police getting any the wiser about his activities since 2003, when he was first arrested.
They also dwelt over the possibility of bringing the Vyapam under the control of the general administration department, said sources. Indore- based Dr Sagar was arrested in the year 2003 by the police in connection with operating a Munnabhai racket. However, subsequently, the police did not keep an eye on him and the Doctor continued with his nefarious activities unchecked. Had the police monitored his activities, the PMT scam could have been exposed at the initial stage itself, said senior officials.
At a meeting of senior secretary’s committee, the PMT scam was discussed in detail on Tuesday. The ways to strengthen the system in MP Professional Examination Board were also discussed.
“ The committee discussed PMT scam in a bid to strengthen the system in Board and explored various possibilities. At the same time, the committee pointed at police failure to keep a tab on Dr Sagar, who was arrested ten year ago in similar case,” said the sources. The committee asked the police officials to avoid such lapse in sensitive cases.
This is for the first time that the government has admitted major lapses in its working that helped the pre- medical test scam thrive, although, the officials are tight- lipped about it. They discussed the issue informally in the meeting in view of the government’s decision to assign the job of recruitment in all jobs related with junior services to the board.
The officials, said sources, discussed the need to shift control of the board from technical education to general administration department for proper mechanism. The board is autonomous and working under technical education department as it is conducting entrance tests so far, besides some recruitment tests.
“ After the new responsibility, it will turns as government agency for recruitment test and there is need to make it stronger for proper vigilance,” said officials in the meeting.
The officials suggested developing vigilance system in the board on the line of the system obtaining in UPSC and other recruitment agencies and it should be brought under the control of GAD. The officials also said appointment of senior IAS officer as chairman in the board made it isolated body, creating lack of communication between the board and other agencies. “ Sometimes, chairman was senior than the chief secretary”, the committee members said.