THE MADHYA Pradesh HIGH Court today directed the State Government to furnish 400-odd disputed answer sheets of DMAT-2006 by August 31.
The HC took on record the Justice Chandresh Bhushan Committee’s affidavit which was filed in compliance with the August 23
court order seeking detailed reasons for the scrapping of the DMAT 2006 on August 19.
A division bench comprising Chief Justice A K Patnaik and Justice S C Sinho issued the directive to the State Government while hearing a bunch of petitions relating to the entrance test and admissions to private medical and dental colleges. The petitioners included the Association of Private Dental and Medical Colleges (APDMC) of MP and students Sanjay Kumar Patni and Pawan Rao.
The affidavit, filed by Judge’s Committee member-secretary and Medical Education Department Principal Secretary I M Chahal, said the DMAT-2006 was cancelled in the interest of the students and the State after complaints raised doubts on the ‘justness, fairness and transparency’ of the examination.
The affidavit said the Judge’s Committee took constant feedback from APDMC examination coordinator/treasurer Professor Y C Uprit during the test on August 13. At 11 am the committee got information about disturbances at a centre in Ujjain and this was later confirmed.
In addition, some press reporters, especially those from the Bhaskar Group, Navbharat, Jagran and Hindustan Times, came to the committee’s office and informed the complaints they (press reporters) had received from a centre at Shri Satya Sai College for Women, opposite the Kasturba Hospital, Bhopal, the affidavit said.
The complaints made by the press reporters included: question papers distributed were not sealed like the procedure followed by the Professional Examination Board;Rajesh Shukla, a candidate from Pipariya, was forced to fill up OMR answer sheet with a red pen; separate arrangements were made for a group of around 15 students and some candidates were asked to fill up OMR answer sheet half way the examination by a pencil, the affidavit said.
The Judge’s Committee’s affidavit claimed that the press reporters expressed doubts over fairness of the examination in view of the complaints they (reporters) had received.
The Judge’s Committee got letters from the Bhopal crime branch on August 17 and 19 regarding the arrest of a person taking money for facilitating admission to a local private medical college at Bhopal and about seizure of cash and cheques. On the basis of these complaints, the Committee issued a show-cause notice on August 17 to the APDMC secretary on several points, including use of pencil instead of black-ink pen, and asked to reply by August 19, the affidavit said.
The Committee, by a majority vote, turned down the plea of the APDMC secretary demanding more time to file the reply, saying the Association had violated the Committee’s directive, the affidavit said.
The affidavit said the report of the Controller of Examination, Manipal Academy of Higher Education on August 24 indicated that around 400 answer sheets of DMAT-2006 were answered in pencil, combination of pencil and pen, and blue-ink pen, which violated the Judge’s Committee’s directive for using black-ink pen.
The Judge’s Committee affidavit claimed the office-bearers of the APDMC, namely chairman Babulal Jain, secretary Col Ashok Khurana and examination coordinator/treasurer Professor Y C Uprit, who were also present in the Committee’s meetings of July 10 & 18, accepted that only black-ink pen would be used and not pencil.
The affidavit said the Judges’ Committee decided to cancel the DMAT-2006 in the interest of the students and the State after viewing that the examination process had been compromised in context of ‘justness, fairness and transparency’. Chahal said the statements made in the affidavit are based on records available with the committee as she was on earned leave on August 13, the day DMAT-2006 was held.