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Vyapam: Roll numbers of 700 candidates changed, 150 got into government medical colleges



Bhopal: The roll numbers of 700 candidates in the 2012 Madhya Pradesh Pre-Medical Test were changed by a gang that guaranteed success in the competitive examination, documents reveal.

At least 300 of them were eventually selected, out of which 150 took admissions in government medical colleges in Madhya Pradesh. Around 40,000 candidates appeared in the test that year.

“The revelations came from the documents filed by the Special Task Force (STF) in the Madhya Pradesh High Court,” Abhay Chopra, who had filed a public interest petition against the Vyapam scam, told IANS on Thursday.

The STF had filed the documents on January 28, 2014, Chopra said.

Chopra’s PIL at the Indore bench of the high court in September 2013 was later transferred to Jabalpur.

The STF even wrote to the Madhya Pradesh health department to inform that 150 of these tainted candidates who took admission in government medical colleges had been booked.

The Vyavsayik Preeksha Mandal or Vyapam conducts PMT every year in Madhya Pradesh to fill up 1,250 seats in government and private medical colleges in the state, including 800 in state-run medical colleges.

The Crime Branch in Indore busted a gang that got the candidates clear the PMT in July 2013 with the help of dummy candidates who actually solved the paper.

The alleged racket’s mastermind, Jagdish Sagar, in connivance with Vyapam officials manipulated the roll numbers in such a manner that all these candidates sat in one room during the test.

When the Supreme Court handed over the Vyapam cases to the Central Bureau of Investigation on July 9, the STF had already registered 55 cases and arrested 2,100 accused. In all, 491 accused are still absconding. The STF has filed charge-sheets against 1,200 accused so far.

The STF was assigned the task of probing the scam in August 2013 after the matter came to light in July 2013.


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‘I will surrender to the court tomorrow’: Digvijaya Singh on MP recruitment scam

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New Delhi: Congress leader Digvijaya Singh, slammed with an arrest warrant issued in relation to the Madhya Pradesh recruitment scam against him by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), is set to surrender to a local court today.

Singh believes there is no charge of corruption, and the arrest warrant is nothing but an agitated act by the BJP since he took up the VYAPAM scam.

In a series of tweets, the Congress leader tweeted in this regard:

The arrest warrant was issued against Singh after he failed to appear when the court summoned him for the hearing.

Singh is accused to be involved in the alleged recruitment scam at the Madhya Pradesh Assembly Secretariat in Bhopal between 1993 and 2003. He was the chief minister during that time.

Remaining assertive, Singh believes the Congress gave a loan to a “nonprofit company” National Herald which proved to be a significant reason behind the freedom movement founded by Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru. He further added that BJP shared its party funds in order to publish a newspaper with a “for profit” company, Shree Multimedia Vision Ltd (SMVL).

Dragging Mr Subramaniam Swamy into his tweet, he tweeted:

And also:

Singh hit out at the Centre, stating Vinod Tawde still continues to be the director as a minister in Maharashtra who is the chairman of the multi-media vision, a ‘for profit company’.

“He has violated the Code of Conduct for Ministers as prescribed by Ministry of Home Govt of India. Shouldn’t he resign?”

Undeterred about the event, the Congress leader said he would surrender today and the state police can arrest him if they want to:

“The Madhya Pradesh police can arrest me if they want. I will surrender to the court tomorrow. I was about to go to Delhi but I have cancelled that also and now I will go to Bhopal,” Singh said.

“This is a 22-year-old scam and it is inevitable that the state government, who is already worried about the Vyapam scam, will target me. In those appointments there was an order by the Cabinet and not alone of mine,” he added.

The Jahangirabad police in February last year filed a cased against Singh, former Speaker Sriniwas Tiwari and others for alleged forgery, conspiracy, cheating, and misuse of office as well as offences under the Prevention of Corruption Act. Accused in the case are many others, amounting to a total of 24 people at present.

The filing was the result of a complaint issued by the Assembly Secretariat after witnessing irregularities in recruitment between 1993 and 2003. ( Inputs from Agencies)