JABALPUR – The CBI has filed charges against two people in the High Court at Jabalpur under different sections of the IPC for forgery and impersonation in the Vyapam case.
The two individuals, a candidate, and middlemen are accused of helping 29 examinees of obtaining admission to various Medical courses by unfair means.
These examinations are conducted by the Madhya Pradesh Professional Examination Board also known as Vyapam.
The premier investigating agency charged the two men in the court of a special Judge, who is hearing the Vyapam cases in Jabalpur.
Cases filed on SC directions:
Cases were registered against 60 persons in accordance with Supreme Court directions in July 2015. The CBI spokesman said that all the accused candidates had paid massive amounts to the middleman and took the assistance of an impersonator in the PMT-2009 examination.
The middleman was absconding and was arrested in Kanpur in May 2016, after an exhaustive search. The accused is presently under judicial custody. The agency is trying to recover the huge cash which the accused had deposited in various banks.
The CBI had sought the opinion of the Central Forensic Science Laboratory on handwriting/signature on the OMR answer sheet which revealed that the candidate did not appear in the 2009 PMT examination and was represented by an impersonator.
What is Vyapam?
The multi-crore Vyapam scandal had rocked both the state and the central government and allegedly involved much high profile professional, politicians and bureaucrats.
Vyapam is a Board, which conducts various examinations for recruitment to different posts like teachers, constables, forest guard, medical officers, etc.
The irregularities in the examination board were first unearthed by a whistleblower and are being investigated by both central and state agencies.
Key accused in the case includes former Education Minister, Laxmikant Sharma, OSD to the Governor, Dhanraj Yadav, Former DIG R.K.Shivhare, and Former Governor Ram Naresh Yadav.
The Vyapam scam was unearthed after a series of admission and recruitment irregularities were discovered involving politicians and others concerned in Madhya Pradesh.
These entrance tests were conducted for top jobs in government and also admissions in higher education.
Rich candidates bribed politicians, professors, and other business to get good marks in the exams. This led to deaths of involved people.