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By NewsGram Staff Writer

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Thursday issued notice to the Centre and the Madhya Pradesh government on a petition seeking a CBI probe into the Dental and Medical Admission Test (DMAT) scam for entry to private medical colleges involving 42 percent of government-quota seats.

The bench of Chief Justice H.L. Dattu, Justice Arun Mishra and Justice Amitava Roy, while issuing notice returnable in two weeks, said it may be worse than the Vyapam admission and recruitment scam.

“May be it is worse than Vyapam,” observed Justice Mishra, as the court also issued notice to the CBI.

At the outset of the hearing, counsel Kapil Sibal, appearing for petitioner Ashish Kumar Chaturvedi, urged the court to hand over the probe to the CBI as things were not moving.

Initially, the apex court appeared reluctant to hear the matter as it asked Sibal to approach the Madhya Pradesh High Court to deal with the issue.

“We agitated the matter in the high court but (it is) not moving,” he told the court.

On a batch of petitions, including one by Congress leader Digvijaya Singh, the apex court on July 9 handed over the investigation into the Vyapam scam to the Central Bureau of Investigation involving government medical colleges.

It will hear the CBI on July 21 on the plea for court monitoring of the probe into the Vyapam scam.

The court also asked the two petitioners Anand Rai and Ashish Kumar Chaturvedi to move an application seeking transfer of other related cases to the apex court.

It would be appropriate if the CBI investigated the matter, counsel Prashant Bhushan appearing for petitioner Anand Rai told the court adding that it would make no sense if the admission scam involving 42 percent state-quota seats was to be investigated separately.

Referring to the statements by the Vyapam controller and others involved in the conduct of Vyapam examinations, Bhushan told the court that the modus operandi used in the DMAT examination conducted by the Association of Private Dental and Medical Colleges (APDMC) was the same as in the Vyapam case.

Bhushan told the court that the candidates who paid the money were told to leave the optical mark reading sheets blank which were later filled up.

The court was told that under the modus operandi, students pursuing MBBS would take the examination and upon being successful, take admission and later surrender on the last date of admission and that seat would be negotiated and given for a huge consideration to another candidate who had taken the admission test and succeeded but was not on the merit list.

Describing the DMAT examination as “just a sham” where “criminality is all pervasive”, Bhushan told the court that in the “dual kind of scam” in four years between 2010 and 2013, out of 1,533 state quota seats as many as 721 (47 percent) were given by the private medical colleges illegally.

(With inputs from IANS)

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Madhya Pradesh: Next Favourite Shooting Spot for Filmmakers

Bollywood and TV show makers believe that Madhya Pradesh would be the next favourite shooting spot

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As Bollywood and TV show makers are taking keen interest in narrating stories with a backdrop of Madhya Pradesh, the state is expected to emerge as a major film shoot destination in 2020. Pixabay

As Bollywood and TV show makers are taking keen interest in narrating stories with a backdrop of Madhya Pradesh, the state is expected to emerge as a major film shoot destination in 2020.

More than 200 projects including international projects like “The Bear” by Paramount Pictures and “A Suitable Boy” by BBC Production, and Indian feature films, TV shows, commercials and reality shows have been shot in Madhya Pradesh till now.

Some of the recent releases “Panga”, “Stree”, “Sui Dhagaa”, “Kalank”, “Manikarnika”, “Luka Chuppi”, “Padman” and “Toilet: Ek Prem Katha” were shot in Madhya Pradesh.

More films will be shot in 2020 including “Sherni”, “Durgawati”, “Bhuj: The Pride of India” and “Ponniyin Selvan”. The telly viewers will get to see the state’s beauty in TV serials “Dadi Amma Dadi Amma Maan Jao” and “Ek Duje ke Vaaste 2”.

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Madhya Pradesh is a perfect combination of natural settings, ancient heritage, huge water bodies, helpful administration and others to a film maker’s delight. Wikimedia Commons

“Madhya Pradesh is a perfect combination of natural settings, ancient heritage, huge water bodies, helpful administration and others to a film maker’s delight which makes it a preferred destination for several years,” said Faiz Ahmed Kidwai (IAS), Secretary-Tourism, Govt of Madhya Pradesh and Managing Director, Madhya Pradesh Tourism Board.

“It is something really prestigious for the state that the film fraternity is visiting our state over and over again. This is a really good opportunity for the state to increase tourism. Bollywood producers and directors find this state more desirable as compared to other places not only because of its scenic beauty but also people here are very hospitable,” he added.

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Madhya Pradesh offers an assortment of attractions to everyone who loves to travel. It is the state with the forest area cover of 77,700 sq.kms filled with sal trees and bamboos. It has numerous wildlife hot spots with 11 national parks and 24 wildlife sanctuaries such as Satpura National Park, Chambal Ghariyal Sanctuary and has re-gained the tag of being “Tiger State of the Country” by having maximum tiger count (526) in the state.

The UNESCO world heritage sites of Khajuraho, Bhimbetka and Sanchi are the iconic sites in Madhya Pradesh. (IANS)