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

The bench of Justices A K Sikri and Rohinton F Nariman made this observation as it heard an appeal by some candidates who had sought re-conduct of the 2015 Uttar Pradesh Provincial Civil Services (UPPCS) examination in view of alleged irregularities.

Written by Utkarsh Anand | New Delhi | Updated: July 8, 2015 4:24 am
Vyapam, Vyapam scam, Vyapam ghotala, Vyapam case, Vyapam controversy, Vyapam case news, India news The bench of Justices A K Sikri and Rohinton F Nariman made this observation as it heard an appeal by some candidates who had sought re-conduct of the 2015 Uttar Pradesh Provincial Civil Services (UPPCS) examination in view of alleged irregularities.

Two days before it takes up a clutch of petitions seeking its intervention in monitoring the probe into the Madhya Pradesh admission tests scandal, the Supreme Court observed Tuesday that the “Vyapam scam is indeed shocking… people are dying everyday”.

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

The bench of Justices A K Sikri and Rohinton F Nariman made this observation as it heard an appeal by some candidates who had sought re-conduct of the 2015 Uttar Pradesh Provincial Civil Services (UPPCS) examination in view of alleged irregularities.

READ: EXPLAINED | Across the Board: Vyapam’s Spread

Appearing for the UP candidates, advocate Prashant Bhushan said two test papers for the preliminary examination conducted on March 29 were leaked but the authorities cancelled only one paper. He claimed that the question papers were leaked by the supervisor of an examination centre. “These processional exams are becoming a fertile ground for corruption. This court may look at the turn of events in the Vyapam scam. All sorts of people are now involved in such professional exams,” Bhushan said. To this, the bench said that the Vyapam scam is “indeed shocking… people are dying everyday in it.”

READ: Took death of Governor’s son to add fuel to fire

The court, however, said that the facts in this case were different from Vyapam. It also took note of a submission by Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi that the mains exam was being conducted for the UPPCS now and it was too late in the day to cancel it. The bench then dismissed Bhushan’s plea. Earlier in the day, senior advocate Vivek Tankha mentioned a petition on Vyapam scam for urgent hearing. Representing three whistleblowers in the case, Tankha said his petition ought to be heard urgently in the wake of the spate of deaths of scam witnesses and accused. His petition demanded a SC-monitored CBI probe.

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

A bench led by Chief Justice H L Dattu told Tankha that the court had decided to hear all petitions, which were ready to be taken up, on July 9. On that day, the court will also hear a plea to remove MP Governor Ram Naresh Yadav over his alleged involvement in the scam. Congress general secretary Digvijaya Singh and Aam Aadmi Party leader Kumar Vishwas too have filed separate petitions, seeking intervention of the Supreme Court.

For all the latest India News, download Indian Express App

  1. R
    Rangaesh Gadasalli
    Jul 7, 2015 at 11:33 pm
    let us hope the Highest court of the land goes through all the facts and comes with a verdict. It is good for the nation. looking at the way how this is getting covered and media and people are reacting, this has been going on for 15-20 years and hundreds of politicans have become super rich and thousands of students and others have got what they wanted by giving bribe every where. This is an injustice to thousands of qualified students and to the society. Congress party under Digvijay Singh was responsible for this cancer which has spread to the entire state now. let us punish all who are guilty.
    (0)(0)
    Reply
    1. Elle Killeen
      Jul 8, 2015 at 10:26 am
      This entire situation, from the corruption, graft, cheating and selling of placements in schools and government is outrageous. And, like most government scandals in most countries, the cover-up is even worse than the initial crimes (uming that one believes that the murder of even one person is worse than widespread corruption). I do not understand why millions of Indians have not been in the streets protesting either the corruption or the "unnatural deaths" (also known as murders) of witnesses, whistleblowers, etc.? With all due respect, Indians, your entire country was up in arms less than 2 years ago when one of your mid level pseudo-diplomats in the US was detained by NYC cops for breaking several serious US laws (she did not have diplomatic immunity at the time for anything outside of business at and for the Indian consulate). Indians need to realize that their country is not considered a real democracy by those countries who know what real democracy is and have it. You have to stand up, demand that your government be accountable to its people, and make your voices heard in a democracy, otherwise, you're just dressing up an authoritarian regime and/or oligarchy and calling it a democracy.
      (0)(0)
      Reply
      1. M
        mohan
        Jul 8, 2015 at 9:10 am
        The media circus and cry for CBI investigation is an attempt to delay the SIT from submitting its report early. CBI is a caged parrot and also a staunch Dynasty loyalist. The English TV channels never discussed the crisis in Greece or PM's foreign visit. Both LalitGate and Vyapam are the creation of Cong. But the blame is on Modi because he is the PM. NDA is forced to carry the baggage left behind by the decade long rule of Dr MMS and 60 yrs rule of Cong(I)
        (0)(0)
        Reply
        1. M
          mukesh kumar
          Jul 8, 2015 at 10:39 am
          You seems to be very interested in Greece problem.
          (0)(0)
          Reply
          1. O
            Ozair Akhtar
            Jul 7, 2015 at 11:54 pm
            We will have no future unless Law and order takes its course. Before talking about development parties need to talk about strengthening law and order. Let's pledge that we will strengthen the law and order , that we will not take or give bribes, that we will work hard and let the Creator decide our future. We don't need to worry for what we don't get. Let's be happy for what we have and work hardest possible for betterment without deception. One can deceive a person but can not deceive the creator. Poverty is not s sin but being rich by hook and Crook is indeed a sin.
            (0)(0)
            Reply
            1. Load More Comments