Vyapam scam: SC cancels MBBS admissions of more than 500 students

  • Vyapam scam: SC cancels MBBS admissions of more than 500 students

Vyapam scam: SC cancels MBBS admissions of more than 500 students

The court dismissed petitions filed by around 200 students challenging the High court order.

In their judgment, the three-judge bench comprising the Chief Justice of India JS Khehar, Justices Kurian Joesph and Arun Misra, while upholding the view forwarded by Justice Sapre, added, "Even the trivialist act of wrong doing, based on a singular act of fraud, can not be countenanced, in the name of justice".

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, invading into a righteous social order. National character, in our considered view, can not be sacrificed for benefits - individual or societal,"reports The Times of India". It may be recalled that earlier, the case was heard by a two-judge bench. Vyapam had cancelled the 634 admissions.

It was this split verdict that led to the matter being referred to the Chief Justice of India, with a request for constitution of a three-judge bench. The students had urged the court that they had studied hard for five years and cleared all the internal college exams.

The scam came to light in July 2013 and was handed over to the Central Bureau of Investigation in 2015.

But his discernment was disputed by other judges who held that the malpractices yield only into cancellation of admissions.

One judge, Justice J Chelemeshwar had directed that their knowledge be utilised for society as they spent long time and money in studying.

"The decision has exposed that the corrupt network of mafia, power-brokers and officials of the Medical Education Department and state Professional Examination Board (popularly known as "Vyapam") was involved in getting these students passed through illegal means".