Indore: In the case of as many of Rs 1.81 crore money laundering in infamous VYAPAM medical enterence exam scam, The Special Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMAL) court has sent to jail two prime accused of VYAPAM medical enterence exam scam accused Dr Pankaj Trivedi and Dr Jagdish Sagar on Friday.
Both had surrendered before the court. Following the filing of the charge-sheet by Sub-Indore Zonal Unit of Enforcement Directorate (ED) in July this year, both the accused were trying to defy law since then. Dr Pankaj Trivedi, ex-exam controller of VYAPAM and mastermind of the scam Dr Jagdish Sagar had surrendered before the Designated Court of PMLA Samresh Singh on Friday. Dr Sagar sought medical relief from the court stating that he was a cardiac patient, while Dr Trivedi presented the bail application citing the various grounds.
However, Special Public prosecutor of ED Prasanna Prashad, Assistant Director of ED Ashok Kumar Shrivastava and Enforcement officer Ajay Gaur presented various facts before the court. ED officials stated that co-accused of the case Nitin Mahindra has admitted in his statement under Section 50 of PMLA that he had given Rs 75 lakh to Dr Pankaj Trivedi. Even Dr Trivedi himself has admitted to have accepted a bulk amount. Both statements are acceptable evidences under the PMLA. The accused was posted at high profile post and had active role in the scam and he had carried the scam through various ways.
Taking note of facts presented by Special Public prosecutor of ED and agency’s officials, the court ordered to send both accused Dr Trivedi and Dr Sagar to jail. There are two more accused Dr Vinod Bhandari, chairman of Aurbindo Medical College and Nitin Mahindra, a system analyst of VYPAM. After filing the chargesheet, Dr Bhandari and Mahindra were sent to jail and presently both are on out bail. But Dr Trivedi and Dr Sagar tried to defy the law so far. Therefore, the court had issued summons to Dr Sagar. While Dr Trivedi was trying to obtain anticipatory bail, Indore Bench of MP High Court, rejected the same on Thursday.