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PEB scam: Sharma remand extended; suspect students ‘ill-treated’

Parents and students claimed the police refused to give them time to even change clothes before bundling them into vehicles.

Former BJP minister Laxmikant Sharma was further remanded in police custody till June 24 on Friday even as the Special Task Force (STF), which is investigating the examination and recruitment scam in Madhya Pradesh, faced criticism for the way it cracked down on suspect students.

Sharma, who held higher and technical education portfolio before losing the assembly election, had been remanded in STF custody on June 15, but the probe agency did not confront him with other accused till a few hours before his remand was to end Friday.

In the four days that Sharma was in the STF custody, he was reportedly treated well.

The alleged VIP treatment give to Sharma was in stark contrast to the way the STF and police in districts picked up students — some of them, including girls, in their night clothes — in a coordinated crackdown over two days.

Parents and students claimed the police refused to give them time to even change clothes before bundling them into vehicles.