New Delhi, February 13: The Supreme Court on Monday cancelled the admission process of over 600 MBBS students, who got admission to the MBBS course in various medical colleges in Madhya Pradesh between 2008 and 2012 by illegal means. Notably, The Apex Court bench headed by Chief Justice of India Jagdish Singh Khehar dismissed all the petitions filed by the students refusing to interfere with the Madhya Pradesh High Court order.
Earlier, CBI during the investigation approached hundreds of medical colleges and medical coaching institutes in six states which include Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Rajasthan and Bihar. The CBI had created a database of 9.5 lakh medical students over six months using their homogeneously digitised pictures.
It was found that the majority of applicants had morphed their photographs in the online application forms and impersonators had appeared for them as proxies. The Vyapam Scam involved 13 different exams conducted for selection of medical students and state government employees.
The pre-PG (medical) entrance test is conducted by Madhya Pradesh Professional Examination Board (MPPEB), abbreviated as Vyapam in Hindi. The Vyapam scam involved 13 different exams conducted by Vyapam, for selection of medical students and state government employees (including food inspectors, transport constables, police personnel, school teachers, dairy supply officers and forest guards). The exams were taken by around 3.2 million students.
The CBI has registered 170 cases in Vyapam scam, out of which charge sheets and final reports have been filed in 74. A 40-member SIT of CBI has been probing the Vyapam scam since 2015. The undeserving candidates bribed the board officials through middlemen to be seated strategically next to a brilliant dummy candidate, who was also paid money. The dummy candidate let them copy from his sheet or exchanged the sheet at the end of the exam.
Earlier, a two-judge bench had delivered a split verdict and the matter was referred to a larger bench. While Justice Chelameswar allowed them to complete their studies on the condition that they serve in the Army or rural areas for five years without salary, Justice Sapre wanted them to be barred. It was due to the split verdict that the matter was referred to the CJI to constitute a three-judge bench. The Vyapam scam was referred to the CBI in July 2015 on the orders of the Apex court.
The Vyapam scam has been making headlines as at least 34 people linked to it died mysteriously. The Opposition Congress accused Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan and his wife of being involved in the scam.
Notably, the Professional Examination Board (PEB) is a self-financed, autonomous incorporated body of State Government of Madhya Pradesh. The board was initially set-up as Pre Medical Test Board by Government of Madhya Pradesh in the year 1970. Later, in the year 1981, Pre Engineering Board was constituted.