BHOPAL : MP High Court on Wednesday quashed 138 petitions of PMT candidates whose admissions were cancelled by Vyapam for use of unfair means in pre-medical tests between 2008 and 2012. But at the same time the court also quashed Vyapam’s order to cancel recruitment of 16 candidates of drug inspector, junior civil supplies officers.

Double bench of Chief Justice AM Khanwilkar and Justice Alok Aradhe gave the two decisions while hearing several petitions in Vyapam related cases.

Vyapam had cancelled examinations of 16 candidates of junior civil supplies officers and drug inspectors’ recruitment test on June 6 on the basis of QD reports from STF.

The candidates were charged with using unfair means and QD reports stated that circles were filled by different inks on their OMR sheets.

The court in its judgement said that Vyapam order merely refers to the fact that on examination of answer-sheets of the concerned petitions, it has been revealed that circles were filled by different ink. No more and no less. That fact, by itself, cannot be the basis to assume that the petitioners had indulged in unfair means during the examination.

The court granted liberty to Vyapam to commence independent inquiry on the basis of information received from the STF and to proceed in the matter on the basis of the view formed in that inquiry.

The court quashed 138 petitions of PMT candidates who challenged the Vyapam’s order to cancel their eligibility in the test and thereby cancellation of their admissions in medical colleges.

Digvijay’s petition heard

The double bench also heard petitions of former chief minister Digvijaya Singh and others seeking CBI probe in the scam.

Senior counsel KTS Tulsi and former additional solicitor Indira Jai Singh appeared on behalf of Singh.

The court heard counsels’ views for one and half an hour and postponed hearing for next day.

STF was supposed to table its progress report in Vyapam scam. But its officials could not get opportunity. The report will be put before the Court on Thursday.

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