The Juvenile Justice Board of Faridkot on Wednesday acquitted six students,who were allegedly involved in the Pre-Medical Entrance Test (PMET) scam,for lack of evidence.
The police had arrested the six students,including two girls,and judicial proceedings were initiated against them in the Juvenile Justice Board. The police had charged them with having paid money to avail services of others to impersonate them in the entrance exam.
But the special investigation team constituted on the orders of the Punjab and Haryana High Court failed to produce sufficient evidence of their involvement before the Juvenile Justice Board within the stipulated time period.
The PMET scam of impersonation came out during the entrance test held in June 2008. The Faridkot police registered an FIR under various sections of Indian Penal Code including cheating against 35 students,imposters and doctors allegedly involved in this scam.
The Juvenile Justice Board started proceedings of recording statements of evidences in August 2009 but the investigation team could not produce all the evidences even after numerous chances given by the board.
Finally,the evidences were closed on March 17 this year.
On Wednesday,the board acquitted all six students. The high court had earlier directed the Juvenile Justice Board to speed up the proceedings of trial keeping in view of the future of these children.