Vyapam scam's 'historic' court proceeding: CBI lawyer

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The Central Bureau of Investigation, which is probing the multi-crore medical scam in Madhya Pradesh, has filed a chargesheet against 592 people, including four former Vyapam officials in the 2012 pre-medical test (PMT) exams, ANI reported on Thursday.

This has exposed the STF's seriousness in investigating a scam that not only maligned the image of Madhya Pradesh, but had also dragged chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan into the scam, as the Opposition had accused Chouhan of getting excel sheets tampered and erasing his name from an excel sheet.

In the previous chargesheet, the CBI named three Vyapam officials, three racketeers, 17 middlemen, 297 paper solvers and beneficiary candidates and 170 guardians of beneficiary candidates.

The accused, in collusion with officials of Vyavsayik Pariksha Mandal (MP Professional Examination Board), ensured that the solvers were seated close to beneficiary candidates, whose guardians had paid the racketeers. This enabled the Beneficiary to cheat and copy the answers from Solver.

While the allegations made by the agency against the accused persons are not new and instead are part of a pattern that can be seen in all Vyapam scam-related cases, what makesThursday's court proceedings stand out is the decision of special CBI judge DP Mishra to continue hearing interim bail applications filed by over 30 accused well past court hours. The CBI investigation also unraveled the further conspiracy in the case including the complicity of public servants of the Department of Medical Education, Govt of MP, and also management as well as college level admission committee of 4 private medical colleges based in Bhopal and Indore. The test was for selecting candidates to various medical colleges of the state. The DME in connivance with these private medical colleges did not ever cross-check the information being provided by these private colleges and on the contrary aided and abetted them in legitimizing the illegal admissions against State quota seats in these colleges.

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CBI investigations revealed that these solver candidates were among medical college students or bright medical college aspirants taking coaching in Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Delhi, Rajasthan, and Maharashtra.

Thereafter, these Private Medical College authorities admitted students of their own choice from without following the due process.

"Majority of the students who were admitted had not even taken PMT exam".

Therefore, the CBI collected particulars of various medical colleges and coaching institutes in all these states and prepared a database of more than 10 lakh such students.