In the first-ever conviction in the Vyapam scam in Indore, a student and an alleged imposter were Saturday sentenced to three-year imprisonment each.
Vyapam, or the Madhya Pradesh Professional Examination Board (MPPEB), had conducted an entrance examination for veterinary colleges in May 2012. Special Additional Sessions Judge D K Mittal also imposed a fine of Rs 500 on each of the convicts.
An invigilator at an examination centre on M G Road had become suspicious and found that one Akshat Singh was appearing instead of the student Prakash Kumar. The photo pasted on the admission card aroused the invigilator’s suspicion.
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The Indore police investigated and submitted a chargesheet. There were 13 prosecution witnesses in the case.
According to the prosecution, Singh, a resident of Rajasthan’s Bhilwara, impersonated Kumar, who hails from Jhabua district in Madhya Pradesh.
The court found the duo guilty under sections 420 (cheating and dishonestly inducing delivery of property) and 468 (forgery for purpose of cheating) and under relevant sections of MP Recognised Examination Act.
A full-blown scam, now being investigated by the CBI, came to light in July 2013.
Similar convictions have taken place in Khandwa town. In Indore district, 15 cases related to the scam are in various stages of trial.
With PTI inputs