Mining baron Sudhir Sharma, an accused in two cases related to the MPPEB scam, was Saturday remanded in police custody till July 30. The Special Task Force (STF) had sought police remand till August 3, arguing that they wanted to question Sharma about illegal recruitment of sub-inspectors and constables, but the court granted only a five-day remand.
While leaving the court premises, Sharma said, “The truth will soon be revealed.”
Sharma, once the chief of the ruling BJP’s education cell, has been questioned by the STF in the past, but the agency did not arrest him citing lack of evidence. He is known to be a close associate of top BJP leaders and RSS functionaries. Subsequently, the agency issued several notices to Sharma, but he did not appear for questioning.
MPPEB examination controller Pankaj Trivedi had told the agency that several candidates recommended by Sharma cleared the exam to recruit sub-inspectors and constables after their results were manipulated. MPPEB officials claimed that unlike in other cases, they did not charge money from Sharma due to his proximity to former minister Laxmikant Sharma, who is also behind bars. Trivedi reportedly owed his appointment to the former minister.
Meanwhile, the Congress alleged the mining baron, while he was underground, was in touch with S K Mishra, a senior bureaucrat in the CM’s office.
When contacted, the bureaucrat, who holds the mining portfolio, said, “I have nothing to do with the scam or Sudhir Sharma.”
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