Timeline: Story of the Vyapam scam

The Vyapam scam broke ‘formally’ in 2013 after the Indore Crime Branch registerered an FIR after arresting 20 impersonators

Written by Milind Ghatwai | Bhopal | Updated: July 8, 2015 11:47 am
vyapam whistleblower, vyapam scam ,Ashish Chaturvedi , jhansi road police station, chetakpuri, bhopal news MPPEB over the last decade conducted 21 examinations on average every year for appointment to government jobs and admission to educational institutions, for which a staggering 1.44 crore candidates — an annual average of 14 lakh — applied.

One key character in the drama of sinister allegations in Madhya Pradesh is the MPPEB itself — the examination board now so discredited that the government is considering changing its name from the popular Hindi acronym Vyapam.

MILIND GHATWAI profiles the body that has over the last decade conducted 21 examinations on average every year for appointment to government jobs and admission to educational institutions, for which a staggering 1.44 crore candidates — an annual average of 14 lakh — applied.

READ: Tracking Vyapam Deaths: Shivraj relents on CBI probe, Opp wants Shivraj probe too 

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Pre Medical Test Board, the name Vyapam was originally known by, established to conduct the examination for entrance to medical colleges

READ: INTERVIEW | Entire BJP leadership is standing solidly with me, say Shivraj Singh Chouhan

1982
The Pre Engineering Board, constituted in 1981, is merged with the Pre Medical Test Board to create the Professional Examination Board (PEB), which holds entrance examinations for other educational institutions as well

2007
The Madhya Pradesh Professional Examination Board Act is passed

READ: Before it hears Vyapam petitions, Supreme Court says shocking, people dying everyday

STORY OF THE SCAM:

2000-12: 55 cases of impersonation in exams filed across Madhya Pradesh

Jul 7, 2013: Scam breaks ‘formally’ — Indore Crime Branch registers FIR after arresting 20 impersonators

Jul 16, 2013: Jagdish Sagar arrested

Aug 26, 2013: STF takes over probe

Oct 9, 2013: Results of 345 who took PMT three months earlier cancelled

Dec 18, 2013: Ex-Higher Education Minister Laxmikant Sharma booked

Dec 20, 2013: Uma Bharti, then BJP vice-president, demands CBI probe

Jan 15, 2014: Shivraj Singh Chouhan tells Assembly that out of 1.47 lakh appointments made since 2007, 1,000 were found illegal; later revises figure to a little over 200. But no action has been initiated yet

Jul 2, 2014: Chouhan says he will not only take political sanyas but renounce the world if found guilty

Nov 5, 2014: HC constitutes SIT

Feb 16, 2014: Opposition Congress reveals information sourced from a “whistleblower”, alleging the STF was protecting Chouhan. Whistleblower, later identified as Prashant Pandey, an external cyber expert engaged by the STF, alleged that documents retrieved from the computer of Nitin Mohindra, Principal Analyst, Vyapam, had been tampered with, and 64 mentions of “CM” scrubbed out and replaced by other names

Feb 20, 2015: Pandey moves Delhi High Court saying he “fears for his life”

Apr 16, 2015: MP High Court gives ‘truth lab’ report and pen drive carrying retrieved original data to SIT, which asks STF to investigate the matter

Apr 22, 2015: STF submits report on whistleblower’s allegation in sealed cover to MP High Court

Apr 24, 2015: HC prima facie accepts STF report that says the material submitted by whistleblower is “fabricated and forged”

Apr 26, 2015: Chouhan accuses Congress leader Digvijaya Singh of forgery

Jun 29, 2015: SIT reports 23 deaths of accused and witnesses linked to the Vyapam scam. Congress cries foul; BJP says deaths due to natural causes, not linked to Vyapam

Jul 7, 2015: After months of stonewalling, Chouhan relents, agrees to probe by the CBI.

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    Wiseindian
    Sep 16, 2015 at 7:56 am
    Good timeline and summary. One thing I found missing is the real implication of this scam and impact on our society. Just created a YouTube video watch and let me know your thoughts.
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    ams
    Oct 27, 2015 at 12:28 am
    BJP is a bunch of hardcore criminals.. How can 47 deaths and that too mostly of ppl in 20s and 30s be "natural deaths"? Senior BJP leaders have repeatedly said this is a "small matter" for them. Where is India heading?
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    jasbir singh
    Jul 8, 2015 at 7:45 pm
    in Punjabi movies and a lot of Bollywood movies the mamaji is always the villain. there has to be some basis for it!!!
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    Chanakya
    Jul 8, 2015 at 11:49 pm
    Aha nice one sided story shielding Congress? Where are the incidents from 1990 to 2003? Where's Jagdish Sagar, etc? People can go read wikipedia and other sites.
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    MINAKSHI
    Jul 11, 2015 at 6:23 pm
    WHY ALL THE SCAMS ARE KNOWN TO GENERAL PUBLIC ONLY AFTER IT CAUSES HARM TO MANY OF THE INNOCENT INDIVIDUALS. WHEN IN 1995 THIS SCAM STARTED I DON'T THINK THAT IT SHOULD TAKE MORE THAN 5 YEARS TO DETECT IT AND I M PRETTY SURE THAT THE GREAT MEDIA MUST BE AWARE OF THIS!!!!!. THESE SCAMS CAN ONLY TAKE PLACE WHEN THERE IS POLITICAL SUPPORT TO IT ....THE SWACHH BHARAT ABHIYAAN SHOULD NOT ONLY TAKE PLACE FOR CLEANLINESS OF THE SURROUNDING BUT FOR THE CLEANLINESS OF THE DIRTY POLITICS THAT THE LEADERS USUALLY PLAY FOR POWER....HUMANITY IS LOST SOMEWHERE IN SEARCH OF MONEY AND LUXURIES..
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    mohan
    Jul 8, 2015 at 1:02 pm
    None tries to remember the Bhopal Gas Tragedy that killed 8000 people and maimed much more in Dec 1984. The children of 2nd and 3rd generation are affected with brain damage, twisted limbs and musculoskeletal disorders. This makes the indirect death toll above 25000. The main accused Warren Anderson was arrested and released on bail of $2100 by MP police and was flown out of the country. Finally the US court gave the compensation of $250 million for 25000 human lives
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    mohan
    Jul 8, 2015 at 3:05 pm
    We see the world through the lens of the major media. A convex lens maginifies an event and the concave lens miniaturizes it. The media feeds us a steady diet of disinformation and lies appropriately mixed with doses of entertainment. The oligarchy of bankers control the media and achieve its plan of world domination. These bankers create economic recessions all over the world. Greece did not fail on its own, but was made to fail by Vultures like Goldman Sachs, ECB, IMF. But the mainstream media is spreading the news that crisis is due to extravagant government spending. The medias that criticize Shivraj Singh Chouhan on Vyapam scam hides so many truths and magnify some unfortunate incidents. A developed nation like Greece having cent percent literacy got entrapped by the illuminati vultures. It is easy for the media to misguide an ordinary citizen of India. BJP has to be more vigilant since the enemy is equipped with muscle power, media power and mafia power
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    prasad
    Jul 8, 2015 at 4:35 pm
    Any scam has a design and plan built by a group of clever people who manite the system for financial gains and execute with a network of officials working in the insution at various levels to exploit it . Govt Jobs being a commodity which is always short in the economy like ours naturally has big money chasing it. Many such undetected scams are already operating well in almost all states. resulting in big loss of opportunities to the deserving ones . Swatch Bharat must actually start here state after state to get rid of this menace which pulls the country down.
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