Vyapam scam: SAIMS director living in Bhopal after getting bail

  • Nida Khan, Hindustan Times, Bhopal/Indore
  • Updated: Oct 04, 2015 21:16 IST
Vyapam has now been renamed Professional Examination Board. (HT file photo/Bidesh Manna)

Shri Aurobindo Institute for Medical Sciences (SAIMS) director Dr Vinod Bhandari, who was granted bail by the Supreme Court in connection to his role in the Vyapam scam on Thursday, is staying at his sister’s house in Bhopal.

Bhandari, who is the first major Vyapam scam accused to have received bail, was released from Bhopal central jail on Saturday on receipt of the certified bail order of the apex court.

After walking free from the over 20-month judicial custody, Bhandari however did not go to his hometown, as the court in its conditional bail order has barred the doctor from going to Indore for next six months.

The SAIMS director has also been directed not to enter the campus of Sri Aurobindo Institute for Medical Sciences, the medical college he owns in Indore, during this period.

He will also have to report before the investigating officer of the CBI once in a fortnight in Bhopal during the bail period.

While the CBI did not oppose bail to Bhandari, it maintained that if he stayed in Indore during the investigation of the case, he could influence the course of investigation.

Thereby the apex court barred Bhandari from going to Indore for next six months.

Sources close to the Bhandari family told HT that Bhandari has not yet decided where to stay for next six months, but he might decide to shift to Delhi or Mumbai, where most of his relatives are based.

“It’s not only Dr Bhandari, but the whole family which wants to relax, have a sort of vacation after 20 months of agony and turmoil when Dr Bhandari was in jail. So, they may decide to take time off from their works and have a long holiday together for next six months,” said a person close to the family, without wishing to be named.

Bhandari was arrested in January 2014 for his alleged role in the multi-crore PMT-2012 scam. He had fled to Mauritius citing health issues after his name featured on the list of the accused.

Charged with violation of IT Act, cheating and criminal conspiracy, it is alleged that the SAIMS director had played a major role in manipulating the merit list of medical pre-PG 2012 in connivance with Pankaj Trivedi and Nitin Mohindra of MPPEB.

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