Former Madhya Pradesh Minister Laxmikant Sharma, his officer on special duty OP Shukla and 85 others were charged by the Central Bureau of Investigation on Thursday for alleged cheating and corruption in the recruitment of Grade II contractual teachers through the Vyapam scheme in 2012.
The chargesheet filed in the Bhopal Special court has named Pankaj Trivedi, then controller of Madhya Pradesh Professional Examination Board, also known as Vyavsayik Pariksha Mandal, or Vyapam. Nitin Mohindra, then principal system analyst in Vyapam, along with 72 candidates, two other Vyapam offcials and 11 middlemen including Sharma.
Although FIRs in the scam were filed since 1995, the racket finally came to light in May 2012.
The agency said it has found through a forensic examination of the answer sheets that the candidates’ marks were much lower than what they had been granted. The CBI added that it found the details of altered marks in Mohindra’s laptop.