The Supreme Court on Monday cancelled the admission of over 500 students, who enrolled in five-year MBBS course in Madhya Pradesh during 2008-2012.
The apex court bench, headed by Chief Justice of India JS Khera, dismissed all the petitions filed by students.
A three-judge bench headed by Chief Justice JS Khehar said the case presented before it by the students warranted no interference into an earlier order by the top court under Article 142. The earlier two-judge bench had split on the future of the students with one judge recommending leniency.
Reacting on the verdict the lawyer of students, Pragati, who was representing the students, told that, “It’s a big setback for the students.”
The students had filed a petition against the earlier verdict because the two judges on the bench had different views before passing the order. While Justice J Chelameswar wanted to let the students complete their courses with the condition that they would serve the country for five years without salary, Justice AM Sapre had held that the accused should be barred considering the graveness of the case.
As per reports, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) had earlier identified several impersonators in the matter after scanning the details of over 9.5 lakh medical students across the country.
Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) who has been probing Vyapam scam, scanned the records of 9.5 lakh aspirants who appeared for medical entrance exam, and as surprise found 121 impersonators.
Majority of these students morphed their photo in online forms and had someone else appear for them as proxies.
According to reports, the CBI approached hundreds of medical colleges and coaching institutes spread across Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Rajasthan and Bihar.
A total of 170 cases were registered under Vyapam scam by CBI, out of which chargesheets have been filed in 74.
Considered one of India’s biggest corruption scandals, the Vyapam scam shot to nationwide notoriety in 2015 after a string of mysterious deaths of witnesses and suspects. Top state BJP leaders and ministers are accused in the multi-crore scam being probed by the Central Bureau of Investigation.