Medical students —who got admission into colleges across Madhya Pradesh between 2008 and 2012 — cannot practise anymore after the Supreme Court cancelled their admissions on Monday in connection with the multi-crore Vyapam scandal.
A three-judge bench headed by Chief Justice JS Khehar said the case presented before it by the students warranted no interference into an earlier order by the top court under its special powers, holding consequences of fraud cannot be overlooked.
The students, bench said, not only breached the computer system to effectuate their plans but also procured meritorious candidates to assist them in answering questions.
“It is not in dispute, that none of the appellants would have been admitted to the MBBS course, as their merit position in the Pre-Medical Test, was not as a result of their own efforts...” the bench held, responding to a reference made to it after a two-judge bench gave a split verdict in May 2016 .
A bench of justice J Chelameswar and Justice AM Sapre had cancelled the admissions, but differed on punishment.
Vyapam’s counsel Rajul SRivastava told HT that the board had cancelled 634 admissions. “The order affects 268 because only they took the admission,” he said. Students urged SC for leniency.
“Even in situations where a juvenile indulges in crime, he has to face trial, and is subjected to the postulated statutory consequences. Law has consequences. And the consequences of law brook no exception,” the SC held.