Hundreds of medical licenses cancelled over India exam scam

The scandal involved 13 different exams conducted by Vyapam for selection of medical students and state government employees

The scandal involved 13 different exams conducted by Vyapam for selection of medical students and state government employees

CBI personnel visited hundreds of medical colleges and medical coaching institutes in six states - Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Rajasthan and Bihar - to gather more information on the medical aspirants.

The state Congress tore into the state government and demanded the resignation of chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan after Supreme Court annulled 634 medical admissions in the Vyapam scam on Monday. There are 10 such students who have even completed their studies and are now working as intern in MY Hospital. The Bench, also comprising Justices Kurian Joseph and Arun Mishra, said, "Keeping in mind the conscious involvement of the appellants in gaining admission to the MBBS course, by means of a fraudulent stratagem of trickery, it is not possible for us to ignore or overlook, the declaration of law with reference to fraud". Their actions constitute acts of deceit. If, we desire to build a nation, on the touchstone of ethics and character, and if our determined goal is to build a nation where only the rule of law prevails, then we can not accept the claim of the appellants, for the suggested societal gains. Earlier, a two-judge bench had split on the future of the students with one judge recommending leniency. We have no difficulty whatsoever in concluding in favour of the rule of law.

Vyapam's counsel Rajul SRivastava told HT that the board had cancelled 634 admissions. The students had urged the court that they had studied hard for five years and cleared all the internal college exams.

A bench of justice J Chelameswar and Justice AM Sapre had cancelled the admissions, but differed on punishment. He ordered they should be completely barred.

However, in Justice Sapre view, "Once the cancellation of the examination results is upheld as being just, legal and proper, then its natural effect must ensue".

Due to this split decision, the matter was referred to a three-judge bench that has now upheld the view of Justice Sapre.

Vyapam is under investigation for alleged scam in admission to medical colleges and recruitment scam involving businessmen, politicians & bureaucrats.

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