The Supreme Court on Monday upheld the cancellation of the admission of 634 medical students in the MBBS course through Vyapam test in Madhya Pradesh who gained entry in medical colleges through unfair means.
The decision by the apex court is likely to affect the candidates who got admitted to medical colleges between the years 2008 and 2012.
A three-judge bench of Chief Justice of India JS Khehar, Justices Kurian Joesph and Arun Misra hold the view that the actions of the students were unacceptable and dismissed all the petitions filed by the students.
The bench said,” The actions of the appellants are founded on unacceptable behaviour and in complete breach of the rule of law. Their actions constitute acts of deceit, invading into a righteous social order.”
“In our considered view, the appellants had consciously sought the assistance of a syndicate, engaged in manipulating admissions to medical institutions. They were beneficiaries of acts of deceit and deception,” added Supreme Court.
The matter was referred to the three-judge bench after a two-judge bench of Justices J Chelameswar and A M Sapre held opposing views.
Justice J Chelameshwar had suggested that the students would be allowed to complete their course under the condition that they serve the country for five years without being paid.
The scam came to light in 2013 when an invigilator realised that one of the candidates was not who he claimed to be.
Further enquiry later revealed that a majority of the applicants had morphed their photographs in the online application forms paying way for the impersonators to write exam on the medical aspirants.
A self-financed, autonomous board Vyapam conducts various tests for admission to professional courses and streams in Madhya Pradesh.