Taking up a petition by Punjab Homeopathic Medical Association (PHMA) that six officials of Guru Ravidas Ayurved University, Hoshiarpur, who are under investigation in re-totalling scam be restrained from associating themselves with the university examination process, the Punjab and Haryana high court has given the Punjab government and the university four weeks to submit reply.
The association had sought directions for restraining these officials, including vice-chancellor OP Upadhayaya, until they get a clean chit from the vigilance department in the "re-totalling of marks" inquiry related to the Bachelor of Ayurveda, Medicine and Surgery (BAMS) examinations of November 2011.
The other officials under the scanner are dean (academic) Dr Parmod Kumar, deputy registrars KP Singh and PS Aulakh, and superintendent Kaman Singh.
The case filed by Dr Ajay Sharma, president of the PHMA, came up for hearing on Friday before the division bench comprising chief justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul and justice Augustine George Masih.
The Punjab vigilance bureau, on the high court directions, is probing the allegations of re-evaluation/tampering with the answer sheets of various students in BAMS course under the garb of re-totalling. On May 20, the high court had directed the bureau to assign the inquiry to an officer not below the rank of the superintendent of police and submit the report within six weeks.
Appearing for the petitioner, lawyer RK Handa submitted that since earlier an enquiry committee had indicted the six officials for their involvement in the re-totalling scandal, they should not associate themselves with conducting the BAMS examinations in the interest of justice.
The court was told that, earlier, many students had applied for re-totalling on the basis of marks that the university had conveyed to them. However, the re-totalling committee had found the marks different from those conveyed to the students. The petitioner submitted that in one case, the marks after re-totalling had increased from 14 to 64.