Bhopal: Congress today demanded a CBI probe into alleged Madhya Pradesh Professional Examination Board (MPPEB) scam relating to use of fradulent means in premedical tests and recruitment to government services.

A CBI probe is needed to unearth the “nexus among
middlemen, politicians, bureaucrats and education mafia which is behind the scam,” the chief spokesperson of state Congress unit K K Mishra told reporters here.

“This mega scam was going on in the state because of the close nexus among the middlemen, politicians, bureaucrats and education mafia. There is a need to conduct a detailed probe into the scam which is possible only by handing it (the probe) over to CBI,” Mishra said.

Mishra claimed he was in possession of some SMSes which were purportedly sent by various people, including politicians and even some journalists among others, to the MPPEB exam controller Pankaj Trivedi and the system analyst Nitin Mahindra–both the main accused in the case–and mining baron Sudhir Sharma.

While both Trivedi and Mahindra were arrested, Sharma is absconding. The Special Task Force (STF) probing the scam had already announced a reward of Rs 5000 for any information on Sharma.

Mishra also showed a “list” which he claimed is of candidates who had appeared in the examination for the post of contractual teachers, conducted by MPPEB, on “recommendations of influential politicians including union minister Uma Bharti and Raj Bhawan”.

When contacted, state BJP general secretary Nandkumar Singh Chouhan said in a statement that “the allegations related to the MPPEB scam are baseless and concocted.

“It seems there is a lack of confidence within Congress organisation these days…The Special Task Force is doing its job in a fair manner and Congress is levelling these baseless allegations to remain in limelight,” the statement said.

Raising the pitch for a CBI probe, Mishra said “Congress has no doubts on the credentials of STF Additional Director General of Police (ADGP) Sudhir Shahi but in view of the involvement of highly influential persons in the scam, i  is not possible to conduct a fair probe and therefore it should be handed over to CBI”.

STF had arrested former state technical education minister and BJP leader Laxmikant Sharma on June 15 for his alleged involvement in the contractual teachers recruitment scam.

Over 100 students who allegedly cleared the Pre-Medical Test (PMT) through unfair means had also been arrested by STF from different districts of Madhya Pradesh.

PMT was conducted by Madhya Pradesh Professional Examination Board (MPPEB) whose top officials were already arrested by STF since the scam surfaced in 2013.

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