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Bhopal Court Hears Vyapam Case Till 2 am, Issues Arrest Warrants Against 200 Accused

The 1500-page CBI chargesheet had named 592 accused in connection with 2012 Pre-medical Test scam. The accused included officials of four private medical colleges involved in selling seats for profits and several government officials.

Vivek Trivedi | News18

Updated:November 24, 2017, 1:20 PM IST
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Bhopal Court Hears Vyapam Case Till 2 am, Issues Arrest Warrants Against 200 Accused
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Bhopal: In an unprecedented move, a court here took up the hearing in Vyapam case on the basis of the chargesheet filed by the Central Bureau of Investigation till 2 am on Friday.

The court issued arrest warrants against 200 accused named in the chargesheet.

The 1,500-page CBI chargesheet had named 592 accused in connection with the 2012 Pre-Medical Test scam. The accused included officials of four private medical colleges involved in selling seats for profits and several government officials.

The CBI, in the chargesheet, claimed that 229 seats each at four private medical colleges were available for ‘sale’ in return for sum ranging from Rs 50 lakh to Rs 1 crore. Most of these students enrolled in MBBS course in these colleges did not take Pre-Medical Test in 2012 conducted by MP Professional Examination Board, also known by its Hinidi acronym as Vyapam.

These medical colleges included Index Medical College Indore, LN Medical College, People Medical College and Chirayu Medical College in state capital.

These private colleges are accused of filling up vacant seats in their colleges from September 28 to 30, 2012 in violation of the due process. As per the chargesheet, aided by middlemen and MPPEB officials, the ‘solvers’ appeared in the test – PMT 2012— and deliberately seated close to the beneficiary students whose parents paid huge sums of money.

Solvers, mostly from UP and Bihar, helped beneficiary students copy their sheets and later applied for four private medical colleges only to surrender their seats later so that these vacant seats could be sold to beneficiary student under management quota against huge sums.

The Directorate of Medical Education also remained hand in glove with these colleges, the chargesheet said. The investigative agency claimed to have scanned addresses of solvers among the database of 10 lakh candidates who appeared in the test only to found these addresses fake.

Index medical college has been charged with selling 63 seats under government quota and 97 seats were sold by three medical colleges, the CBI lawyer Satish Dinkar said.

The charge sheet contained names of 245 new accused, while 347 people were named earlier. The court granted bail to 15 accused present while issued arrest warrant against 200 who did not attend the hearing. The bail applications of several prominent people including owners of four private medical colleges were trashed after midnight.

“It is difficult to even assume, how much misdeeds of these medical colleges dented careers of laborious students,” the court of special judge SC Upadhyay observed.

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| Edited by: Ashish Yechury
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