The Madhya Pradesh high court on Wednesday upheld the MP Professional Examination Board's (MPPEB) orders cancelling the results of 139 MBBS students for resorting to unfair means. The students had appeared in pre-medical tests (PMT) held between 2008 and 2012.
The court order came while dismissing the petitions filed by these students challenging cancellation of their results by the MPPEB.
The MPPEB had issued series of orders between April 24 to May 19, 2014 cancelling results of 139 MBBS students pursuing studies in various medical colleges across the state.
The court turned down contentions of the petitioners that the board had no material to order inquiry in respect of PMT held between years 2009 and 2011 by constituting a committee of experts.
The court said the Special Task Force (STF) apprised the MPPEB about certain irregularities in the PMT tests.
The board constituted the committee of experts and, after considering its report, the orders to cancel admissions were issued by the MPPEB, the court held.
The court also held as misconceived as contention raised by the petitioners about a particular formula evolved by the board to identify the candidates much after the examination was held amounts to changing the rules of game.
The students had indulged in mass copying in an organised manner by acquiring desired roll numbers in collusion with officials of the board and racketeers, the court said.
Therefore such candidates cannot be permitted to retain the advantage obtained by fraud and mere delay in detection of fraud would not create any equities in favour of the candidates, the court observed.
MPPEB order cancelling exam results quashed
In another order, MP high court quashed the MPPEB order of June 13, 2014 that revoked examination results of fifteen junior supply officer and inspectors (weights and measures).
The MPPEB revoked the examination results of the petitioners on grounds they indulged in unfair means in the examination.
A division bench comprising chief justice AM Khanwilkar and justice Alok Aradhe restrained the respondents, including the state government, from giving effect to this MPPEB’s order.
The court found the MPPEB did not conduct an independent inquiry and took action against the petitioners merely on a letter of investigation officer of STF of June 9, 2014.
The court granted liberty to the MPPEB to carry independent inquiry on basis of information received from the special task force (STF) about the petitioners using different inks to fill circles in the answer-sheets.