Indore : Former Exam Controller of Madhya Pradesh Professional Examination Board (MPPEB) and one of the chief accused of PMT and other scams Pankaj Trivedi was questioned by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) for more than six hours, on Monday.
He was summoned by the ED in the case of money laundering registered under Prevention of Money Laundering-2002 against him in March, this year.
Trivedi was brought to Indore under the custody of STF for registering his statements with ED at Palika Plaza office.
As per information, 25 other accused including former higher education minister Laxmikant Sharma and his OSD OP Shukla was also booked by the ED.
According to sources, Trivedi declined the charges lodged against him during interrogation and claimed that he was ‘innocent’.
“He admitted the charges when the officials put the charge-sheet of the STF in front of him. Trivedi said that senior officials had made him a scapegoat,” sources said.
“We have registered a case against the accused to know where he had channelled the money. We are working to nab the big fishes, who are still evading the arrest,” an ED official said.
He further said that they would summon another accused and former chief system analyst of MPPEB Nitin Mahindra, on Tuesday.
Later, Trivedi was taken back to the jail in Bhopal after interrogation.
The Bhopal District Court permitted the ED to summon the accused and record their statements without affecting the Court proceedings.