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VYAPAM and PMT-2012: CBI files chargesheet against 592; DME officers, Middlemen and top functionaries of 4 Private Medical Colleges of Bhopal and Indore among accused

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Bhopal: The Central Bureau of Investigation on Thursday (23 November 2017) filed a chargesheet in the Designated Court here against 592 accused persons including 4 Vyapam officials; 3 racketeers; 22 middlemen; 334 Solvers and Beneficiary candidates; 155 guardians of Beneficiary candidates; 46 Invigilators; 2 former officers of the Department of Medical Education, Madhya Pradesh including the then Director; and 26 officials of the 4 Private Medical Colleges based at Bhopal & Indore including Chairmen of the private Medical Colleges.

CBI had registered the case on the Orders of Supreme Court of India passed on 9 July 2015 in response to Writ Petition (Civil) No. 417/2015 along with various other petitions, transferring the investigation of Vyapam Scam Cases to CBI.

CBI took over the investigation of FIR No. 12/2013 earlier registered by STF, Bhopal U/s 420, 467, 468, 471,120 B of IPC, 65/66 of IT Act, 4/3 (D) 1,(2) of MP Recognized Examination Act, 1937 against 11 accused persons including 4 officials of VYAPAM relating to irregularities in Pre Medical Test 2012 conducted by MP Professional Examination Board (Vyapam).
During the investigation, it was discovered that some racketeers along with their accomplices were allegedly arranging Solvers for Beneficiary candidates in the said Examination. The pairing of respective Solvers-Beneficiaries was being done by the racketeers by getting the roll numbers of these Solvers-Beneficiary candidates manipulated through Vyapam officials, such that a Beneficiary candidate was seated right behind his Solver. This enabled the Beneficiary to cheat and copy the answers from Solver. The CBI investigation also unraveled further conspiracy in the case including the complicity of Public Servants of Department of Medical Education, Government of MP and also Management as well as College Level Admission Committee of 4 Private Medical Colleges based at Bhopal and Indore.

It was further alleged that the examination was conducted on 10 June, 2012 and thereafter, result of the examination was sent to the Director, Medical Education, Government of MP by VYAPAM for counselling and allotment of successful candidates to various medical colleges which was done from 17 July 2012. DME roped in MPONLINE Ltd. for conducting 1st round of counselling and online seat allotment whereas the 2nd round of counselling, which was done only for admission against a limited number of vacant seats, was offline and was conducted from 20 September 2012 to 25 September 2012.

After the PMT 2012 results were declared, Solver candidates were encouraged by the middlemen/ racketeer, in conspiracy with the accused officials of the 4 Private Medical Colleges to opt for these 4 colleges during the counseling for PMT 2012. Since these Solver candidates had obtained high ranks in the examination, they easily got allocated to these Private Medical Colleges during counselling. It was also alleged that after allotment of the MBBS seat from State quota in the 4 Private Medical Colleges, these Solver candidates did not take actual admission in these colleges. The college administration and the college admission committee of these 4 Private Medical Colleges allegedly gave false information to DME that these students had taken admission in the college. This was done to block the State quota seats so that further counselling of successful candidates who were next in the waiting list was not done. The Solver students who after counselling had been allocated to these 4 Private Medical Colleges were allegedly given monetary payments through middlemen for vacating the seats. Thereafter, these Private Medical College authorities admitted students of their own choice from 28 to 30 September 2012 without following the due process. Majority of the students who were admitted had not even taken PMT Exam. The DME in connivance with these Private Medical Colleges did not ever cross-check the information being provided by these private colleges and on the contrary aided and abetted them in legitimizing the illegal admissions against State Quota seats in these colleges. The DME forwarded for enrollment the names of illegally admitted students to the concerned Universities to which the private Medical colleges are affiliated.

It was further alleged that right from the first step i.e. filling of Application Form for PMT 2012 till the admission of Solver candidates falsely being reported by the 4 Private Medical Colleges, at almost all intermediate stages the accused persons had acted in furtherance of criminal conspiracy. The Application Forms of Solver candidates were filled by accused middlemen by providing fake and common details of addresses, mobile numbers, email IDs, etc.; the payment of the application fee was made collectively for a group of Solver candidates by the middlemen through kiosk/cyber cafes; the accused Solver candidates stayed with the help of middlemen in cities of examination and appeared in the PMT 2012 examination with the Beneficiary candidates.

When CBI took over investigation of this case, 145 accused persons were either unidentified or untraced. Majority of such accused persons were Solver candidates who in connivance with accused middlemen had given wrong addresses on their Application Forms and were thus, not traceable. Identifying such persons with their names and photographs without any other detail being available was a stupendous task for CBI. CBI used various innovative techniques to identify such accused persons. During the course of investigation, CBI had discerned that these Solver candidates were amongst the medical college students or bright medical aspirants taking coaching in the States of MP, UP, Bihar, Delhi, Rajasthan, Jharkhand, West Bengal and Maharashtra. 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 had also found the role of two other officials who were responsible for non-compliance of directive of the Court regarding counselling for MBBS admissions and has recommended departmental action against them.

Further investigation in the case is continuing. Those named in the charge sheet are S.N. Vijaywargiya of People’s Medical College; Ajay Goenka of Chirayu Medical College, J. N. Choksey, chairman of L. N. Medical College; and Suresh Singh Bhadoriya of Index Medical College.

CBI had earlier (on 31 October 2017) filed a chargesheet against 490 accused persons in a case relating to alleged irregularities in PMT-2013 Examination conducted by Vyapam in the Court of Special Judge for Vyapam Cases, Bhopal.

CBI files chargesheet against 490 accused in PMT-2013 VYAPAM case

No tampering in the hard disc seized by State Police

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The pen drive provided by the said private person to the High Court of Delhi as well as to CBI contains false documents created subsequent to seizure of HDD in question.There is no grain of truth in the allegation that the HDD seized on 18 July 2013 from the office of then Principal System Analyst, Vyapam was tampered,  CBI has underscored through a press statement.

Bhopal: The Central Bureau of Investigation on Tuesday (31 October) filed a chargesheet against 490 accused persons, including 3 Vyapam officials, 3 racketeers, 17 middlemen, 297 Solver & Beneficiary candidates and 170 guardians of the Beneficiary candidates in the Court of Special Judge for Vyapam Cases here in the on-going investigation of a case relating to alleged irregularities in PMT 2013 Exam conducted by Vyapam.

In the chargesheet, CBI also submitted its findings on the allegations of tampering of the Hard Disk Drive (HDD) that had been seized by MP Police. Based on the CFSL reports and the other evidence gathered during investigation. CBI has concluded that there was no tampering in the HDD.

The Supreme Court of India through its orders passed on 9 July, 2015 in Writ Petition Civil No. 417/2015 along with various other petitions, had transferred the investigation of VYAPAM Scam Cases to CBI.

Subsequently, CBI had registered the case and took over the investigation of the FIR 539 of 2013 of Police Station Rajinder Nagar, Indore under Sections 419, 420, 467 and 468 of Indian Penal Code (IPC) relating to irregularities in Pre-Medical Test 2013 conducted by MP Professional Examination Board (Vyapam).

During investigation, names of certain racketeers, Solvers, Beneficiary candidates and several others emerged, who were operating from places like Bhopal, Indore, Ujjain, Shahdol, Ratlam and Sagar. It was alleged that these racketeers were found to be involved in arranging for Beneficiary candidates and Solvers. The pairing of respective Solvers and Beneficiary candidates was being done by the racketeers. It was also alleged that the racketeers thereafter were getting the roll numbers of these Solvers-Beneficiary candidates manipulated through Vyapam officials, such that Beneficiary candidate was seated right behind his Solver candidate thus enabling the Beneficiary to cheat and copy the answers from Solver candidate.

When the case was taken over by CBI, there were many accused persons, who had remained untraced, since they had provided wrong address or were no longer living at the addresses given on their application forms for PMT 2013. During the investigation, CBI found that these Solver candidates were amongst the medical college students or bright medical aspirants taking coaching in the States of MP, UP, Bihar, Delhi, Rajasthan and districts of Maharashtra neighbouring Madhya Pradesh. 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 such students. With the help of advanced forensic software and the said database, CBI was able to identify and trace 42 accused Solver candidates. Using other innovative methods, CBI was able to trace 11 middlemen and made them join investigation.

CBI also conducted investigation on the allegations made by a former Madhya Pradesh chief minister Digvijay Singh and another person in W.P. (Civil) No. 417/2015 and 418/2015 filed before the Supreme Court regarding tampering of HDD seized in the instant case. Both these persons had alleged that the hard disk seized by Indore Police from the computer of the then Principal System Analyst, Vyapam on 18 July 2013 in Crime No. 539/2013 of Police Station Rajinder Nagar, Indore had been tampered with.

During investigation, image of the seized HDD in question along with 2 other HDDs, which was in the custody of the trial court, was prepared through the experts of Central Forensic Science Laboratory (CFSL), Hyderabad and were forwarded to CFSL for analysis and examination. Two Pen Drives, one kept in custody of the High Court of Delhi in W.P. 334/15 filed by the private person and the other submitted by him to CBI in a sealed cover were also sent to CFSL, Hyderabad for analysis. The pen drives as per the claims of the complainants contained the tampered and untampered versions of the impugned excel file. CFSL examined these HDDs and the 2 pen drives and submitted 7 reports to CBI.

As per CFSL report, the computer with the HDD in question was last shut down on 15 July 2013 and no file on the said HDD was accessed after that. All the 5 Excel files in the pen drive provided by complainants to the High Court of Delhi in W.P. (Crl.) 334/2015 as well as to CBI, containing reference ‘CM’ in it, were created or last modified on or after 18 July 13 as per the report of CFSL whereas the alleged HDD in question was last shut down on 15 July 13 as per CFSL report. The pen drive provided by the said private person to the High Court of Delhi as well as to CBI contains false documents created subsequent to seizure of HDD in question. “There is no grain of truth in the allegation that the HDD seized on 18 July 2013 from the office of then Principal System Analyst, Vyapam was tampered”,  CBI has underscored through a press statement.

CBI had submitted status report containing the findings of investigation of alleged tampering of the said Hard Disk to the Supreme Court.

After thorough investigation, a chargesheet has been filed today. The chargesheet against another 12 accused persons is also being filed in the Juvenile courts concerned.

CBI arrests one more person in VYAPAM case

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New Delhi: The Central Bureau of Investigation has arrested a middleman allegedly involved in 6 cases of Vyapam (Madhya Pradcesh Professional Examination Board) connected with Forest Guard Recruitment Test-2013, Food and Measurement Recruitment Test-2012, PMT-2012, PMT-2013, Police Constable Recruitment Test-2012 & MP Dairy Federation Co-operative Ltd. Recruitment Test-2013.

The said accused was allegedly figuring as middleman in 6 cases relating to illegal selection of candidates through manipulation of OMR answer sheets/results in conspiracy with certain Vyapam officials and others.

The arrested person was absconding since the cases were being investigated by the Special Task Force of Madhya Pradesh Police. He allegedly arranged various candidates/scorers for illegal selection through examinations conducted by Vyapam for racketeers who got the candidates selected in connivance with Vyapam officials through manipulation of result/OMR Answer Sheets/Roll Numbers.

The Special Judge, CBI, Bhopal had issued an arrest warrant for the accused, who remained absconding during investigation by he STF and CBI.

CBI took over the investigation of cases relating to Vyapam on Supreme court orders issued on 9 July 2015 in case no- WP (Civil) 417/2015.

Congress to protest in Bhopal against illegal mining, corruption, VYAPAM and hawala scam

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illegal-sand-mining-vyapam-hawala-corruptionBhopal: The Madhya Pradesh Congress unit is organising a huge protest demonstration and rally near the State Assembly on Wednesday (February 22) to focus people’s attention on issues like illegal sand mining from the Narmada river, corruption, hawala scandal and the VYAPAM scam.

Briefing media-persons here on the eve of the protest and “gherao” of the state Assembly in the state capital, State Congress unit president Arun Yadav said that the Congress leaders and workers will be there in large numbers to protest against what the Congress describes as “massive illegal sand mining from the Narmada river by the family members of chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan.” The Congress agitation is also directed against BJP men who were running a spy racket linked with Pakistan’s ISI, unearthing of a Rs. 2,200 crores Hawala scam in which state minister Sanjay Pathak’s name has also cropped up, besides the latest Supreme Court decision cancelling admissions granted in medical colleges through entrance test conducted by VYAPAM, plight of the farmers, atrocities being committed on dalits, tribals and women and extreme corruption.

Yadav said that top Congress leaders, including AICC General Secretary Mohan Prakash, former Union ministers Kamal Nath, Jyotiraditya Scindia, Suresh Pachauri, Kantilal Bhuria, Congress general secretary and former chief minister Digvijay Singh will be joining tomorrow’s protest.