Trials in cases of irregularities in examinations conducted by Madhya Pradesh Professional Examination Board (MPPEB) are moving faster ever since the Vyapam scam came to light in July 2013. In one such case in 2004, a student from the state and an impersonator from Bihar were sentenced to five years in jail on Tuesday for adopting unfair practices in a Pre-Medical Test (PMT) held in Khandwa. The order came on the heels of conviction of two persons in a similar case on July 25.
Gwalior resident Ravi Rajoria and Mukesh Prasad, hailing from Bihar’s Nalanda district, were convicted for forgery, cheating and criminal conspiracy in the court of Khandwa’s additional sessions judge Prakash Chandra. However, Naveen Prasad, another Bihar resident accused of being a racketeer through whom Ravi and Mukesh met, was acquitted for lack of evidence.
Though Ravi and Mukesh were convicted separately under different sections of the IPC and the Madhya Pradesh Recognised Examination Act, 1967, the maximum time they will spend in jail is five years because all sentences will run concurrently.
Mukesh was nabbed from an exam center on June 11, 2004 for providing a fake name and address. He later confessed that he was appearing on Ravi’s behalf.
Police, however, could not establish that it was Naveen who facilitated the ‘deal’. Notably, even in the July 25 conviction, the alleged middleman had been acquitted for lack of evidence.