Vyapam Scam accused Funded BJPand RSS Leaders: Tax Report

NEW DELHI: A mining baron arrested on charges of being a prime player in the Vyapam or jobs scandal in Madhya Pradesh paid for the air tickets and other undefined expenses of top leaders of the BJP and its ideological parent, the RSS, according to an income tax report from 2013. That report was not pursued by state police investigators who were handling the Vyapam inquiry till this week, when the CBI took over.

Billionaire at Heart of Vyapam Scam Funded BJP, RSS Leaders: Tax Report

“We are not shielding anyone. But let’s not go by one odd report… let’s wait for the CBI investigation,” said the BJP’s Shaina NC to NDTV.

The document from 2013 said Sudhir Sharma, whose vast business empire includes mines and colleges, had made “huge payments in cash for air tickets, travel bills, etc” for a group of politicians including Suresh Soni of the RSS and Prabhat Jha, then state president of the BJP.

The report was based on diaries recovered in raids on Sudhir Sharma and said the billionaire made “payments for travel arrangements of important political personalities” like Laxmikant Sharma, former Mining and Education Minister in Madhya Pradesh and Dharmendra Pradhan, now a union minister; Congress state legislator Veer Singh Bhuria, the report said, received “regular payments” from Sudhir Sharma. “All those who are guilty should be punished,” said Tom Vaddakan of his party.

The Vyapam scam is based on bribes paid for the blatant and wide-spread manipulation of recruitment exams for government jobs and state colleges.

After six months of dodging arrest, Sudhir Sharma was jailed in July 2014, a month after former minister Laxmikant Sharma, whom he served as an aide in the early 2000s.

The income tax report accessed by NDTV alleges that Sudhir Sharma regularly received lakhs in cash from two colleges linked to the Vyapam scam.

That money, tax officials said, “was passed onto a Madhya Pradesh minister’s aide on the same day”. The report called for an inquiry into “deep links” between the entrepreneur and Laxmikant Sharma.

Reactions from those whose travel was paid for by Sudhir Sharma, according to Income Tax report:
“What’s wrong if the party pays for my ticket?” said Prabhat Jha, former president of BJP in Madhya Pradesh.
“The party office booked my ticket. I have no link to Sudhir Sharma” – Dharmendra Pradhan, the union minister mentioned in the income tax report.
“No comment, the CBI investigation is on” – Anil Dave, BJP Rajya Sabha member.
No comment from Suresh Soni of RSS. BJP said he was cleared by the state investigators who handled the Vyapam scam till the CBI took over this week.

Initiating its probe into the Vyapam scam, the CBI on Wednesday registered FIRs in two cases related to rigging of examinations, naming among others a member of the Madhya Pradesh Backward Classes and Minorities Commission and his son.

The FIRs have been registered in connection with the Pre-Medical Test of 2010 and the pre-PG Examination 2011.

The Central agency had on Monday taken over all Vyapam scam cases from the Special Task Force of the Madhya Pradesh Police. The Supreme Court while handing over the investigation to the CBI had also asked it to probe the deaths of people linked to the Vyapam scam. According to the Congress, 49 people associated with the massive admission and recruitment scam have died mysteriously so far.

The CBI has named 21 candidates in the FIR in connection with Pre-Medical Test 2010, booking them under IPC sections related to criminal conspiracy, cheating and forgery among others, sources said.

In the second case against eight suspects in Pre-PG examination 2011, the agency has registered FIR under same sections.

Those named in the FIR include Gulab Singh Kirar, a member of the MP Backward Classes and Minorities Commission and his son Shakti Singh Kirar.

Others named include Sudhir Bhadauria and Pankaj Trivedi, both former controllers of examination with Vyapam.

The premier investigative agency has constituted a 40-member team headed by Joint Director R.P. Agarwal to probe the scam in which several high-profile politicians and bureaucrats are accused.

The scam involves massive irregularities and corruption in the Madhya Pradesh Professional Examination Board (MPPEB) or MP Vyavsayik Pareeksha Mandal, abbreviated in Hindi as Vyapam.

Noting that it will not allow even one more death, the Supreme Court transferred all criminal and death cases linked to the Vyapam scam to the Central Bureau of Investigation for a “fair and impartial” probe.

The Supreme Court has ordered a CBI probe into the multi-crore cash-for-jobs scam in the Madhya Pradesh Professional Examination Board that has resulted in unexplained deaths of key accused and witnesses.

टैक्स रिपोर्ट से हुए कई बड़े खुलासों से बढ़ सकती हैं बीजेपी की मुश्किलें

नई दिल्ली : व्यापम मामले में गिरफ्तार हुए एक खनन व्यवसायी को मामले का बड़ा अभियुक्त माना जा रहा है। वहीं एक टैक्स रिपोर्ट से ऐसा खुलासा हुआ है जिससे बीजेपी की मुश्किलें बढ़ सकती हैं। रिपोर्ट के मुताबिक आरोपी व्यवसायी ने बीजेपी और आरएसएस के नेताओं के हवाई और अन्य कई खर्चों को उठाया है।
अभी तक जांच कर रही राज्य पुलिस ने इस रिपोर्ट का संदर्भ नहीं लिया था लेकिन मामले की जांच सीबीआई के पास पहुंचने के बाद यह रिपोर्ट सामने आई है।

बीजेपी की शाइना एनसी ने एनडीटीवी से कहा, ‘हम किसी को बचा नहीं रहे हैं। लेकिन महज एक रिपोर्ट से हमें कोई धारणा नहीं बनाना चाहिए बल्कि सीबीआई जांच पूरी होने का इंतजार करना चाहिए।’

2013 की इस रिपोर्ट के मुताबिक सुधीर शर्मा नाम के व्यवसायी को व्यापम घोटाले के मास्टरमाइंड्स में से एक माना जाता है। रिपोर्ट के मुताबिक बीजेपी के बड़े नेताओं के लिए सुधीर ने ‘बड़ी मात्रा में कैश के द्वारा एयर टिकटों और यात्रा बिलों का पेमेंट किया’। बीजेपी और आरएसएस से जुड़े इन नामों में बीजेपी के तत्कालीन प्रदेश अध्यक्ष प्रभात झा और आरएसएस के सुरेश सोनी जैसे बड़े नाम शामिल हैं।

सुधीर शर्मा के घर पड़े छापों के दौरान मिली डायरियों में दी गई जानकारी के अनुसार यह रिपोर्ट तैयार की गई है। इसमें कहा गया है कि व्यवसायी ने कई बड़े नेताओं के ट्रैवल और एयर टिकट जैसे बिलों का भुगतान किया है। इनमें पूर्व खनन एवं शिक्षा मंत्री लक्ष्मीकांत शर्मा, मोदी सरकार में कैबिनेट मंत्री धर्मेंद्र प्रधान और कांग्रेस विधायक वीर सिंह भूरिया शामिल हैं।

कांग्रेस के टॉम वडक्कन का कहना है, ‘जो भी दोषी हैं उन्हें सजा मिलनी चाहिए।’

गौरतलब है कि छह महीने तक गिरफ्तारी से बचने के बाद सुधीर शर्मा को जुलाई 2014 में गिरफ्तार किया गया था। इससे पहले पूर्व मंत्री लक्ष्मीकांत शर्मा की भी इस मामले में गिरफ्तारी हो चुकी थी। सुधीर को लक्ष्मीकांत शर्मा का बेहद करीबी माना जाता है।

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