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[December 21, 2013]

STF likely to quiz Laxmikant Sharma soon [Bhopal] [Times of India]

(Times of India Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) BHOPAL: Special Task Force (STF) is likely to summon former higher education minister Laxmikant Sharma for questioning him in connection with the Madhya Pradesh Professional Examination Board (MPPEB) scam.

Sharma has been booked by the STF along with 130 others in connection with a scam in appointment of contractual teachers (Grade I and II).

"He will be questioned soon," said an STF officer. On Thursday, former exam controller of MPPEB SS Bhadoria was quizzed.

Sharma, who was holding key portfolios like mining, public relations and culture, lost the recent Assembly election from Sironj constituency in Vidisha district.

In another related development, BJP national vice-president Uma Bharti has shot off a letter to DGP Nandan Dubey on Thursday after her name figured during the investigation in the scam.

In the letter, she pointed out the STF has not so far communicated with her on the issue. The senior BJP leader said she was shocked to learn that her name figured in STF investigation reports. "My entire political career had been free from blemish," the former CM asserted.

Expressing her surprise over the development, she said she had held a press conference in the past, highlighting MPPEB scam was a serious matter and the issue be handed over to a competent probe agency.

If the government wants, it can transfer the case to CBI, she said. She sought appointment with the DGP to discuss the issue on Friday.

Meanwhile, STF on Thursday said it had not named Bharti as 'accused' in any FIR filed in MPPEB scam.

"She has no direct relationship with any of the accused named in the case. She has been mentioned in the passing and that too after her name was found in a computer hard disk recovered from the office of one of the scam accused," said a senior STF officer on condition of anonymity.

In yet another development, anticipatory bail plea of Dr Vinod Bhandari was rejected by a local court. Dr Bhandari, CMD of Shri Aurobindo Institute of Medical Sciences (SAIMS), is wanted in connection with the alleged scam in pre-PG medical admission.

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