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CBI helping Shivarj Singh Chouhan, acting as govt's 'puppet' in Vyapam scam

26 November 2017

The hearing in the Vyapam scam case that lasted nearly 12 hours in the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) Special Court in Bhopal has been termed as a "historic" proceeding by Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) lawyer Satish Dinkar.

The agency has written to the Madhya Pradesh government seeking necessary action against these candidates, who did not appear in any entrance exam for admission in the medical colleges.

It was further alleged that after the PMT 2012 results were declared, solver candidates were encouraged by the middlemen/ racketeer in conspiracy with the accused officials of the four Private Medical Colleges to opt for these four colleges during the counseling for PMT 2012.

The four former Vyapam officials named in the PMT 2012 chargesheet by the CBI are then director Pankaj Trivedi, former system analysts Nitin Mohindra, Ajay Kumar Sen and CK Mishra. The scam began in 1995 involving politicians, senior officials and businessmen.

The CBI said the colleges did not even bother to follow Supreme Court guidelines on admission norms, something that could have been followed easily.

Among those named, 334 are "engine-bogey" candidates, 155 guardians of some of these candidates, 46 invigilators during the examination, 26 officials of four private medical colleges, 22 middlemen and two officers of department of medical education, Madhya Pradesh, the officials said.

The chairmen of four private medical colleges have also been named in the latest charge sheet. But after allotment of state quota MBBS seats, they did not take actual admission.

The future of over 200 students, who took admission in four private medical colleges in Madhya Pradesh through management quota on a hefty payment, might hang in the balance after a CBI probe into a Vyapam case claimed irregularities in their selection, officials said. "53 ineligible candidates were admitted under state quota seats at Index medical college Indore in 2012, while 59 ineligible students were admitted in the same college in 2013", Dr Rai alleged.

Thereafter, these Private Medical College authorities admitted students of their own choice from without following the due process. Ajay Gupta, lawyer for majority of the accused, while admitting that arrest warrant has been issued against his clients, refused to divulge what they would be doing next.One of the lawyers in the panel of government pleaders said that court has ordered for issuing arrest warrant against all the accused, who didn't surrender in the case on Thursday.

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

Some died in freak accidents or of mysterious illnesses. Opposition Congress has repeatedly blamed the BJP for the deaths, which it alleged is a cover-up for the racket.

A CBI investigation discovered that some racketeers, along with their accomplices, allegedly arranged solvers for beneficiary candidates in the said examination. "Painstakingly, CBI collected pertinent details of students of various medical colleges and coaching institutes spread all over these States, and succeeded in preparing a database of more than 10 lakh (approx) such students".

CBI helping Shivarj Singh Chouhan, acting as govt's 'puppet' in Vyapam scam