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Five sentenced to seven years in Vyapam scam

Bhopal. A special CBI court in Bhopal on Thursday convicted five people in the Vyapam scam case and sentenced them to seven years’ imprisonment. The court also imposed a fine of Rs 10,000 each, while two of his co-accused were acquitted for lack of concrete evidence. Special Public Prosecutor Satish Dinkar, representing the CBI in the court, said those convicted were involved in the scam in the 2013 police constable exam.

The convicts were part of an engine-bogie system. Under this system, the convicted convicts used to sit in the middle of two students and get the copy done in the examination. Of the five convicted, four have been identified as Kamal Kishore, Amar Singh, Nagendra Singh, Suresh Singh, who appeared as fake candidates in the examination. and helped the students to copy while one of the accused was sitting in the examination in place of another candidate. Dinkar said, a total of 32 witnesses related to this particular case were cross-examined in the court. Justice Nitiraj Singh Sisodia, who was hearing the Vyapam case on the basis of his testimony and 200 pages of documents related to the scam, pronounced the verdict on Thursday.

Many of the 160 cases related to the Vyapam scam that came to light in 2013 are under investigation by the CBI. The Bhopal District Court is hearing 54 cases, while other cases are being heard in different courts of Indore, Gwalior and Jabalpur. Dinkar claimed that around 50 per cent of the cases have been quashed, while the trial is on in the main case, which has more than 1300 accused. All the key accused including the employees of Madhya Pradesh Professional Examination Board and Vyapam are out on bail. (IANS)

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