The Madhya Pradesh government on Monday removed from service five judges including one who had allegedly granted bail to at least 120 accused in the state’s exam-rigging scandal now infamous as the Vyapam scam.
The disciplinary action came on the recommendations of the Madhya Pradesh high court which found the five judges guilty of “professional misconduct” after a departmental probe.
The state law and legislative affairs department on recommendation of the high court administration issued the orders to remove these judges, said a senior registry official of the high court on condition of anonymity.
Following the Supreme Court’s intervention, the CBI is probing all cases related to rigging of recruitment examinations and entrance tests to professional medical colleges held between 2004 and 2012. The agency is also probing several mysterious deaths linked to the scandal.
One of the judges, JM Chaturvedi is accused of going soft on the accused in the pre-medical test (PMT) case, one of the several tests conducted by the tainted MP professional examination board (PEB).
Chaturvedi had granted bail to these people during his previous posting at Gwalior between 2013 and 2014. He is currently posted at Balaghat as special judge for SC/ST Atrocities Act cases.
According to special public prosecutor Rajendra Sharma, who was assigned the case for pleading after bails were granted, said that in case number 449/13, JM Chaturvedi had granted bail on the ground that the accused had only been charged by the police under section 420 of the Indian Penal Code till then.
He said that later additional charges were slapped and anticipatory bail to all the accused were cancelled.
Besides, Jagdish Baheti -- who was the district judge in Gwalior then -- is also facing high court inquiry and has been kept away from any assignment by the high court, said Sharma.
The other sessions judges whose services were terminated include Roop Singh Alawa posted at Jobat in Alirajpur district, Mohammad Hussain Ansari posted at Sohagpur in Hoshangabad district and Chandra Prakash Verma, additional district judge posted at Beohari (Shahdol).
Suresh Kumar Arse, additional district judge posted at Jabalpur, was given compulsory retirement.