New Delhi, January 17: The Central Bureau of Investigation has filed a chargesheet against 95 people including a former state minister in a case pertaining to alleged irregularities in contractual teachers recruitment through Madhya Pradesh Professional Examination Board (MPPEB) also known as Vyapam in 2011, officials said. Former Madhya Pradesh technical education minister Laxmikant Sharma and his then officer-on-special-duty (OSD), OP Shukla has been named in the chargesheet in one of the cases related to the Vyapam scam.

A CBI official said Sharma has been charged with getting a person of his choice, Pankaj Trivedi, appointed as the Controller of Examinations in the MPPEB, the Hindustan Times reported. Through Trivedi, Sharma reportedly pushed for selection of favoured candidates in the Samvida Shala Shikshak Patrata Pariksha Varg-3 Exam, conducted by Vyapam.

The agency has named 83 candidates, four officials of Vyapam and eight middlemen in its chargesheet.

“It was revealed from the files contained in the hard disk of the computer of the then principal system analyst in Vyapam that marks of certain candidates were allegedly increased to enable them to qualify the said test,” CBI spokesperson Abhishek Dayal said.

He said it was verified with the OMR answer sheets of the candidates and it was found that marks of 84 candidates were increased, in the final result, to make them qualify the examination.

“One candidate is absconding and investigation is continuing in his case,” he said.

The investigative agency has alleged that the then principal system analyst of Vyapam was given details of favoured candidates by the accused public servants.

The analysis of his computer shows that he had created a private file with details of the candidates and people who recommended their names. The spokesperson added that prior to the declaration of the result, the official created another database of the favoured candidates.

“It was also alleged that in the result database, he increased the marks as per the requirement of the candidates so as to make them qualify the examination and thereafter the actual marks obtained by the 84 accused candidates were deleted from the result file,” he said.

He said, however, no change in the OMR answer sheets could be made by him. “The original marks obtained by the accused candidates, as per the OMR sheets, were less than the marks declared in the result,” he said.

With inputs from PTI