Mining baron and a key accused in the Vyapam scam, Sudhir Sharma, was granted bail in three cases by the Madhya Pradesh High Court on Wednesday, reported PTI. After serving nearly two years in prison, Sharma – who had got bail in another Vyapam-related case earlier – walked out of jail on Friday evening.
Sharma got the bail after his lawyer Kapil Sharma pointed out that other accused in the case were already out on bail. "I am innocent. I have full faith in judiciary. I will get justice," said Sharma.
Sharma, who who was an office-bearer in the state unit of the Bharatiya Janata Party, was arrested in July 2014 in connection with four Vyapam-related cases. The scam came to fore in 2013, and involves massive corruption and irregularities in the entrance examination conducted by the Madhya Pradesh Professional Examination Board for various government posts and educational courses.
Sharma is accused of being the middleman in the scam and helping at least 12 people clear the exam for contractual teacher Grade II, police constable, platoon commander and forest guard through illegal means.