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Vyapam scam: ED files first charge sheet against mastermind, board officials

Press Trust of India  |  Indore 

The (ED) today filed a charge sheet in the case of against alleged mastermind Dr Jagdish Sagar, two officials of the exam board and others under the anti-law, officials said.

Apart from middleman Sagar, Dr who is the ex-of (SAIMS), and Vyapam officials Dr and have been named as accused in the 2,505-page prosecution complaint filed before a special Prevention of Act (PMLA) court here, the agency said.

This is ED's first charge sheet in this case and a supplementary compliant could be filed in future as investigation is continuing, a said.

The agency said its investigation revealed that "racketeers like and Bhandari along with Trivedi and Mohindra among others criminally connived with each other to secure admission of candidates appearing in PMT (pre medical test) and pre-PG to be conducted by Vyapam by using unfair means, in lieu of money".

"The money thus received from students, which is nothing but proceeds of crime (of money laundering), was shared amongst the four and others," it said in a statement.

"Investigation has clearly revealed that and Bhandari have illegally acquired money by resorting to malpractices in the PMT-2012, pre-PG examination-2012, PMT-2013 and had deposited the illegal earnings in the and acquired various properties," the agency alleged.

The central probe agency's zonal office here had registered a criminal FIR in March 2014 to probe alleged financial irregularities and laundering instances in the Professional Examination Board scam, also called VYAPAM (Vyavasayik Pareeksha Mandal) in Hindi, pertaining to admission of candidates and students in professional courses and in alleged connivance with officials and politicians.

The agency had named former state Higher and 27 others in its FIR registered after taking cognisance of a clutch of about 10 FIRs of the of the state.

It has attached assets worth Rs 13.95 crore in this case till now. The CBI is also probing the case.

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First Published: Fri, July 13 2018. 22:15 IST