Taking up a petition seeking a probe by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) into the marks re-totalling scam, the Punjab and Haryana high court has issued a notice of motion to the Punjab government, the Hoshiarpur-based Ravidass Ayurved University and the CBI.
The scam pertains to the Bachelor of Ayurveda, Medicine and Surgery (BAMS) examination conducted by the university in November/December 2011.
Dr Ajay Sharma, president of the Punjab Homoeopathic Medical Association (PHMA), who filed the petition, told the court that during re-totalling, marks had been increased by the university by tampering with answer sheets and by overwriting.
The petitioner alleged that university vice-chancellor OP Upadhaya had been setting up re-totalling committees without associating the controller of examination, ultimately resulting in an increase in marks after re-totalling.
It was submitted that a number of students had applied for re-totalling on the basis of marks conveyed to them by the university. However, the petitioner added, the re-totalling committee found that even as per university records, the marks were different from those conveyed to the students. The court was told that in one case, the marks were increased after re-totalling from 14 to 64.
The court was told that on December 26/27, 2011, the vice-chancellor took 1,300 answer sheets of BAMS first-year and third-year examinations in his custody through his personal assistant with verbal orders and kept the controller of examinations out of the loop.
Alleging the involvement of the vice-chancellor and some members of the re-totalling committees in the scam, the petitioner requested for an in-depth investigation by the CBI.
The case would now come up for hearing on March 4.