The Central Bureau of Investigation on Thursday said it has charged 592 people in the Vyapam scam in Madhya Pradesh, PTI reported. It filed the chargesheet in a special CBI court in Bhopal.
The agency is investigating a case is related to alleged irregularities in various entrance and recruitment examinations conducted by the Madhya Pradesh Professional Examination Board, also known as the Vyavsayik Pariksha Mandal, or Vyapam. Although FIRs in the scam were filed since 1995, the racket finally came to light in May 2012.
In its chargesheet, the CBI named the promoters of three private medical colleges in Bhopal – LN Medical College Chairman JN Choksey, SN Vijaywargiya of the People’s Medical College and Ajay Goenka of the Chirayu Medical College. Suresh Suresh Singh Bhadoriya of the Index Medical College in Indore is the fourth promoter named.
The agency also named former Vyapam officials Pankaj Trivedi, Nitin Mohindra, Ajay Kumar Sen and CK Mishra as accused.
Among the other accused are 334 candidates, 155 guardians, 46 exam invigilators, 26 officials in four private medical colleges, 22 middlemen and two officers of the medical education department of Madhya Pradesh.
On October 31, the CBI gave a clean chit to Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan and filed a chargesheet against 490 people in the Vyapam scam. The agency said evidence in the case was not tampered with. On October 15, the CBI had ruled out any conspiracy behind the deaths linked with the scam.