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Vyapam scam: Former MP minister gets bail

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Bhopal: Former Madhya Pradesh Minister Lakshmikant Sharma, one of the main accused in the infamous Vyapam scam, was released from jail on Sunday following the grant of bail by a court.

Sharma’s release on bail was ordered by a district court in Bhopal on Saturday after the Jabalpur bench of the Madhya Pradesh High Court accepted his bail plea the previous day.

The scam in the Madhya Pradesh Professional Examination Board (MPPEB), better known as Vyapam (Vyavsayik Pariksha Mandal), related to admissions in medical colleges in the state as well as recruitment tests conducted for various posts.

Sharma is an accused in seven cases, including those pertaining to recruitment of data entry operators, forest wardens, and food inspectors, among others.

He was lodged in the central jail in Bhopal ever since his arrest on June 16, 2014, by the Special Task Force, which investigated the scam before it was handed over to the Central Bureau of Investigation this year by the Supreme Court.

Another Vyapam scam accused, a former officer on special duty Dhanraj Yadav was released from jail on Saturday after he too got bail from the court.

Vyapam scam relating to the admissions in medical colleges in Madhya Pradesh shook off the whole government as it involved many ministers and government officials.(IANS)

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Vyapam case: Two persons convicted by Indore court

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Indore: The Indore district court accused two people, Akshat Singh and Prakash Baria for their alleged involvement in cheating and forgery in the examinations for the veterinary diploma conducted by Vyapam on March 19, 2013.

The government prosecutor PL Malviya said, “Akshat Singh entered the examination hall with an identity card which was actually issued to Prakash Baria. The invigilator at the centre found a mismatch between Akshat Singh’s photo and the photo printed on the identity card. The aberration found by the school staff was immediately informed to the MG Nagar police station by the principal.”

Further inquiry revealed that Akshat Singh was impersonating Prakash Baria in order to write the test.

“Akshat Singh was paid by Baria. He himself wanted him to write the test on his behalf”,  said Malviya.

Under section 389 of the CRPC, both of them were released on bail to further contest their case in higher courts.(input from agencies)

 

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Vyapam: Names of selected candidates removed from law institute’s merit list

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New Delhi: Since its commencement in 1997, The Madhya Pradesh Professional Examination Board, (or Vyapam as it is popularly known), conducted admission tests for National Law Institute University (NLIU), enlisted only the roll numbers of their merit students and thus eliminated their names from its list during 2001-07, the reply to an RTI query says.

Whistleblower Ajay Dubey says that this has been done in order to safeguard the interest of beneficiaries.

The merit list of pre-BA.LLB (Hons) entrance test from 2000 to 2007, procured through RTI application in November by Ajay Dubey from the MP Professional Examination Board, evinces that in the year 2000,  the names of the candidates along with their roll numbers were afore mentioned. But from 2001 till 2007, the board removed the names of the candidates, thus only disclosing their roll numbers, the RTI reply said.

“Admission tests for NLIU were ordained by Vyapam till 2007. From 2008 onwards, the admission test for the law institute started regulating within the frame of Common Law Admission Test (CLAT). In order to veil the identities of selected candidates who were recommended by influential people, they eliminated the names of the candidates from the merit list after 2000, though earlier, the practice of putting the names of the candidates with their father’s name prevailed,” Dubey says.

Meanwhile, an expeditious investigation was called by the MP government in order to scrutinize the inflated travel expenses by experts hired by the state’s Professional Examination Board or Vyapam for an examination held in 2006-07.

Two months earlier, the reprinting of 200,000 answer sheets for the Women and Child Development elicited a loss of Rs.262,350 which raised an objection by the Local Fund Audit.

Since 1970, there have been more than 1000 financial aberrations in Vyapam which raised further objections by the state’s audit teams.

Madhya Pradesh has been mired in the Vyapam scam for years, but the irregularities eventually came to notice when 20 people were accused and arrested in 2013, for impersonating candidates who appeared in the medical entrance examination, 2009.

The event was followed by the chain of deaths of forty-eight people who were affiliated with the Vyapam scam. This directed an investigation by CBI.

An Indian Forest Service officer, Vijay Bahadur Singh was recently found to be dead. He was traveling by the Puri-Jodhpur Express and his body was eventually found close to a railway track near Odisha’s Belpahad station on October 15. The CBI has started probing this death as well.

(With inputs from agencies)

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Vyapam: Ex-IFS officer linked to recruitment tests found dead

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Bhubaneswar: A retired Indian Forest Service (IFS) officer, who also acted as an observer in two Vyapam recruitment tests of Madhya Pradesh, was found dead on a railway track in Odisha, police said on Saturday.

Vijay Bahadur’s body was found on a railway track near Belpahar station under South-Eastern railways’ Jharsuguda junction on Thursday (October 15), police said.

He was travelling to Bhopal in Madhya Pradesh from Puri in Odisha with his wife Nita Singh by the Puri-Jodhpur Express.

Superintendent Railway Police (Rourkela) Karam Sey Kawar said over phone that prima facie it appears that Bahadur accidentally fell off the running train and died.

The official, however, said the actual cause of death would be ascertained after the post mortem report was available with the Government Railway Police.

“We are investigating into the matter even though no FIR was filed by the family members at our police station,” said Kawar, adding that the family has already taken the body after the autopsy.

Police sources said Nita Singh reported about her husband going missing to the ticket checker (TTE) of the train after reaching Raigarh station, about 70 km from Jharsuguda district.

Bahadur’s death is the first incident after the Supreme Court in July handed over the probe to the Central Bureau of Investigation, which is inquiring into the Vyavsayik Pariksha Mandal (Vyapam), or the Madhya Pradesh Professional Examination Board (MPPEB) scam and cases related to the mysterious deaths of over 40 accused or witnesses.

The CBI has so far registered over 80 first information reports and launched over 10 preliminary inquiries into the Vyapam scam.

(IANS)