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‘Cheating row won’t affect SOI’s chances’

Student members of SOI are still defending Vikramjit Singh and believe it was merely an issue of “unnecessary politicisation” by other student parties.

As he is embroiled in a cheating controversy, Students’ Organisation of India’s (SOI) State President Vikramjit Singh may not be able to run for Campus President, but the organisation said this would not affect its chances in the upcoming Panjab University (PU) elections.

Vikramjit, who also goes by the name Vicky Middukhera, was caught allegedly cheating during an entrance exam last month. The university cancelled his candidature in the exam, and the police have registered a case against him.

SOI now wants to put the embarrassment of the episode behind it and is planning for the student elections at Panjab University (PU) in September.

“SOI is planning to announce its Campus President and its university body in a week’s time. However, we will decide on who the student candidate for the elections about a week before filing the candidature papers in September,” SOI spokesperson Babalpreet Bains told Chandigarh Newsline.

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Vikramjit Singh admitted that his running in the election is virtually ruled out.

“Going by the rules of the Lyngdoh Committee, I cannot contest in the upcoming elections. As per the rules, there should be no police case registered against a candidate. Despite this, if I am able to prove my innocence, maybe I will be able to stand for
the elections.”

On June 20, Vikramjit Singh was caught allegedly using his mobile phone during the entrance examination for PU-LLB (3 years). A complaint was registered at the Sector 11, police station and his candidature was then canceled by PU Vice-Chancellor Professor Arun Kumar Grover.

Student members of SOI are still defending Vikramjit Singh and believe it was merely an issue of “unnecessary politicisation” by other student parties.

“This has all been unfair, and Vicky’s candidature was cancelled for no reason. The charges against him,” said Bains, “have still not been proved.”

“Students in the university are on our side, and they do believe that Vicky did not indulge in any malpractice during the entrance exam. I don’t think incident is going to harm the party’s image,” the SOI spokesperson said.