Supreme Court may revisit Vyapam scam case

Supreme Court’s decision could affect the fate of many medical students whose results were cancelled


Photo: Mint
Photo: Mint

New Delhi: A three-judge bench of the Supreme Court on Thursday asked whether the case relating to students having resorted to unfair means to secure medical admissions through the Madhya Pradesh Professional Examination Board (MPPEB)—also known as Vyapam—should be re-heard on merits.

A bench headed by justice J.S. Khehar referred the question to the original bench that had earlier ruled on the matter, comprising justices Abhay Manohar Sapre and J. Chelameswar.

If the original bench agrees to hear the case, it could affect the fate of many medical students whose examination results under Vyapam were cancelled.

The two judges, Sapre and Chelameswar, had taken divergent views on the issue following which it was referred to a three-judge bench headed by Khehar.

Several students had indulged in unfair means between 2008 and 2012 to get admission in medical colleges in Madhya Pradesh through Vyapam. Their results were cancelled in 2013.

The cancellation order was based on an investigation into the conduct of the medical examination.

Challenging the cancellation, students moved the Madhya Pradesh high court which upheld the decision and called it a case of mass cheating. An appeal against the order was then filed in the apex court.

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