Staff Reporter, Bhopal
The Special Task Force (STF) has filed an FIR against former minister for higher and technical education Laxmikant Sharma for irregularities in contractual teachers’ eligibility test (grade I and II), conducted by the Madhya Pradesh Professional Examination Board (MPPEB).
Confirming it sources said the FIRs were lodged against Sharma and 12 others about a week ago but since the issue was extremely sensitive, it was revealed last night.
Although the STF officials, who are investigating the fraud, are tight-lipped but they confirmed that FIRs were lodged. Two cases were registered against Sharma on December 7 and 9 respectively. A case was also registered against a senior official Dhanraj Yadav.
The MPPEB was under Sharma and the FIR was filed on the basis of the revelations made by PEB’s former examination controller Pankaj Trivedi and former senior system analyst Nitin Mahindra. The STF is continuing investigation into frauds in various recruitment and entrance tests conducted by the PEB.
Many students were passed on the recommendations of Sharma, who allegedly took huge bucks from the students, the sources said while adding that Sharma might be summoned for interrogation.
Meanwhile, the STF had also summoned businessman Sudhir Sharma, who is said to be a close confidant of the former minister, in another case but the former reportedly went underground.
Sharma, who was an important minister of the previous Shivraj Singh Chouhan Cabinet, bit the dust from Sironj Assembly constituency in the recently concluded elections.