Vyapam Scam: MD Of Medical College Involved In 2012 Pre-Medical Test Scam Surrenders Before Court
An accused in the Vyapam Scam, Dr Ajay Goenka, who is the Director of Chirayu Medical College and Medicare Private Limited, Madhya Pradesh has been taken under a 14-day judicial custody after he surrendered on Wednesday.
Goenka was allegedly involved in a pre-medical test 2012 scam and had filed for anticipatory bail in MP high court in mid-December last year, which was rejected by the judge. He then moved to Supreme Court but got no relief as an arrest warrant against him was issued by the CBI special court on January 27.
Not only him, but another accused Dr DK Satpathy has also been sent to jail. He is a former head of the Medico-Legal Institute. They both will remain in prison until next hearing, which is on February 24.
The police charge-sheet accused Goenka of providing admission to students in his college by breaking all the existing guidelines and norms meant for medical institutions as he sold the seats to candidates who were not eligible to fit in the merit list.
Further, the CBI charge-sheet revealed that the college authorities were also a part of this scam as they deliberately provided wrong information and evidence to the Department of Medical Education (DME) saying 12 candidates had taken admission whereas the seats were found vacant later.
The authorities directed by Goenka sent a false report to DME claiming only nine positions were vacant, but CBI investigation revealed that more than 50 seats remained unoccupied. Moreover, the majority of students, who were allotted seats for admission in the first counselling under merit, did not come back after knowing about the college fees.
The college level admission committee invited students for second round of counselling and gave admission to about 19 other students, and surprisingly not a single student among them was from the merit list. According to the admission rules, the college authorities were obligated to give four days time to the eligible students to get admission after the counselling, however, they ignored this fact as well. Therefore, college kept admitting students without any merit and any criteria, and 32 new students were admitted on September 29 and four students the next day.
In an interview with TOI, Goenka’s counsel advocate Ajay Gupta, said, “My client surrendered before the court. We gave in writing before the court that he was not fleeing. CBI gave wrong information to the court during the hearing on January 27 on which an arrest warrant was issued. CBI never directed my client to appear in court.”
“We filed a copy of the notice that CBI sent to Dr Goenka. There is no direction in the notice to appear in court. My client was pursuing his legal remedy of seeking anticipatory bail and was avoiding arrest on the advice of his lawyers. He is not at all concerned with waht happened in the Vyapam scam. He was implicated,” he further added.
Whereas, CBI’s counsel advocate Satish Dinkar said, “Goenka was trying to justify his delay in appearing before Court. It was just an attempt to get bail.”
Know How Vyapam Scams’ Racket worked
It was the year 2013 when Vyapam scam came into limelight as MP Police arrested eight alleged impersonators during a pre-medical test in Indore. Madhya Pradesh Professional Examination Board (MPPEB), famed as “Vyapam” (Vyavsayik Pariksha Mandal) is an autonomous self-financed body responsible for conducting several entrance tests in the state.
Vyapam scam is an entrance examination, admission, and recruitment scam that involved doctors, politicians, and people in the business. Under this scam, thousands of ineligible candidates got government jobs by paying hefty amounts to touts, who were running the racket with the help of bureaucrats and politicians.
According to the CBI, the modus operandi had three critical steps:
Impersonation: Highly skilled academicians wrote the exams in place of the candidates. Even Vyapam officials replaced the photographs of the impersonators on the admit cards with those of the original candidates.
Dummy Candidates: People bribed board officials through an intermediary, undeserving candidates seated strategically next to a brilliant dummy candidate, who was also bribed. The original candidate was allowed to copy from the dummy candidate’s sheet or take his sheet at the end of the exam.
Answer sheet and answer key manipulation: Candidates leave their OMR answer booklets blank so, that they would be awarded random high marks later by Vyapam officials. If not this, then the corrupt board officials leaked the answer key to the selected candidates before the exam.