Vyapam cheating case: CBI files chargesheet against 592 people

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Vyapam cheating case: CBI files chargesheet against 592 people

The CBI has alleged that there were students who could actually get admission to a medical college without ever sitting for a qualifying test.

While the Vyapam case is synonymous with turning cheating into a fine art after alleged help from government officials, here is another low.

The CBI has in a fresh charge sheet filed on Thursday alleged that there were students who could actually get admission to a medical college without ever sitting for a qualifying test. The privilege came with a small fee of Rs 1 crore per student.

Four medical colleges that have been named in the charge sheet filed in Bhopal in the scam for the PMT exam for 2012 managed to collect crores in this manner. Index Medical College (IMC) for instance managed to sell 88 seats, Chirayu Medical College, LN Medical College and People's Medical College managed to admit 54, 41 and 46 such students respectively.

The IMC was in the news a few years ago when the CBI chargesheeted then Union health minister Anbumani Ramadoss for helping the college get recognition.

In the process, the college authorities, Vyapam and medical education department officials, middlemen and others also managed to get around the 42.5 per cent mandatory state government quota.

"The violations happened at several levels. The seating arrangement was fixed and the student who paid to cheat was seated behind a student who was already studying medicine. The 'engine bogey' system ensured that the weak student managed to pass by copying from the answer sheet ahead of him," said a CBI spokesperson.

The middlemen were charging anything between Rs 15 and Rs 20 lakh for this pairing, CBI officials said.

That wasn't all. The bright students too passed the exam and instead of taking admission in a top college, chose those amongst the bottom of the pile.

The student did not appear for counselling or take admission to these colleges but this was a fact that was not disclosed to the Vyapam board - at least not officially, CBI official added.

The result was that the seat, that was part of the state government quota, remained vacant. Then came the students who never sat for that qualifying exam with the Rs 1 crore fees.

What's interesting is that even though in connivance with the medical board, other state government officials, the college and the students was obvious, the CBI has not included these students in its chargesheet.

"The students gave a bribe to a private medical college. We will be writing to the Medical Council of India about this violation which is outside the CBI jurisdiction," said a spokesperson.

The CBI has also not found any irregularity against higher officials or politicians even though the names of several people figured in documents when the scam first surfaced.

The CBI said the colleges did not even bother to follow Supreme Court guidelines on admission norms, something that could have been followed easily. Students were admitted in September end, 2012 even though the SC deadline was September 15.

Amongst those chargesheeted are the chairmen of four private medical colleges in Madhya Pradesh and two officers of medical education department.

A total of 592 accused have been named by the CBI so far. Those named in the chargesheet included JN Choksey, chairman of LN Medical College; SN Vijaywargiya of People's Medical College; Ajay Goenka of Chirayu Medical College (all in Bhopal) and Suresh Singh Bhadoriya of Index Medical College, Indore.

All four have filed for anticipatory bail.

Among those named in the chargesheet, 334 are "enginebogey" candidates, 155 are guardians of these candidates, 46 invigilators of the examination, 26 officials of four private medical colleges, 22 middlemen and two officers of department of medical education, Madhya Pradesh, they said.

The state government officials named in the chargesheet are SC Tiwari, the then director, and NM Srivastava, the then joint director in the medical education department, they said.

Of the total people named in the chargesheet, 245 have been made accused for the first time.