INDIA. Mumbai: The CBI Special Court (Vyapam cases) in Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh, delivered its verdict on Monday, sentencing two individuals involved in the controversial “Vyapam Police Constable Recruitment Test-2013,” conducted by the Madhya Pradesh Professional Examination Board.
The Vyapam scam, also known as the “Vyavsayik Pariksha Mandal” scam, involved the manipulation of multiple exams in exchange for illicit financial gains, amounting to crores of rupees.
The scam had stirred significant controversy during the Monsoon session of the Madhya Pradesh Legislative Assembly in 2015, with the Opposition demanding the resignation of Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan.
The court, on Monday, handed down a sentence of seven years of rigorous imprisonment and a fine of Rs. 8000 each to the impersonators, Amit Alok and Satish Maurya. The Trial Court found five individuals—Jitendra Singh Sengar, Satendra Sengar, Keshav Singh Baderiya (candidates), and Amit Alok and Satish Maurya (impersonators)—guilty and convicted them, according to an official statement.
However, the candidates, namely Jitendra Singh Sengar, Satendra Sengar, and Keshav Singh Baderiya, were not present in the court. Consequently, the court did not pronounce a sentence and issued Non-Bailable Warrants against them.
The CBI initiated an investigation into the case (No 5/2015) on August 13, 2015, following the directives of the Supreme Court. The case was taken over from the Special Task Force (STF), Bhopal, which had initially registered it on March 02, 2015. The allegations pertained to fraud in the Police Constables Recruitment Test-2013.
In a prior ruling on July 31, 2021, Omprakash Tyagi (35) and Satish Jatav (35), both residents of Morena district, were sentenced to seven years imprisonment and fined Rs. 10,000 each by the Special Judge Vyapam Judge Nitiraj Singh Sisodia.
Tyagi and Jatav were convicted under various sections of the Indian Penal Code, including impersonation, cheating, transfer of valuable security, forged documents, and the use of forged documents as genuine, along with provisions of the Madhya Pradesh Examination Recognition Act.
During the trial, it was revealed that Omprakash Tyagi (candidate) had paid Jatav Rs. 1,25,000 to secure a pass in the test. Jatav, in turn, enlisted the help of Prakhar Trivedi to write the exam using forged admission cards and other documents. It is noteworthy that Trivedi tragically died in a car crash during the course of the trial.
Apart from Jitendra Singh Sengar, Satendra Sengar, and Keshav Singh Baderiya, the CBI is actively searching for other candidates who are currently absconding.