Indore mayor Malini Gaud on Monday broke her silence on the controversy surrounding her son Karam Veer Singh, who was admitted to the MBBS course in Sri Aurobindo Institute of Medical Sciences (SAIMS) in 2005.
She was speaking to Hindustan Times on Monday and said her son was qualified enough to get the seat and dismissed allegations of any illegality in the admission process.
About a fortnight back, the Madhya Pradesh high court had slapped notices on the state government, the director of medical education (DME), MCI, SAIMS, and three students, including Gaud’s son, for alleged involvement in admission malpractices at medical colleges.
Gaud said, “My son has secured more than 50% marks in 10+2 (Class 12 boards) examination, and is qualified enough to get admission into the course.” She denied having received any court notice in this regard.
The petition, filed by Vyapam whistle blower Dr Anand Rai, stated that the three students, who had not secured the requisite 50% marks in the competitive examination, used political influence of their family members for admission.
However, Karam Veer Singh told Hindustan Times that he was neither admitted via Pre-Medical Test (PMT) conducted by Vyapam nor via the DMAT examination conducted by the association of private medical colleges, but through management quota.
Singh said, “The allegations levelled against me are false. I secured 62% overall marks in 10+2 MP State Board, and more than 50% in PCB (Physics, Chemistry and Biology).”
In 2005, Singh joined SAIMS, whose director Dr Vinod Bhandari is behind bars for his role in the multi-layered Vyapam scam. At the time Singh got admission, his father, the late Laxman Singh Gaud, was the School Education minister of the state.
The petitioner, Dr Anand Rai pleaded the court to take action against the students and prevent them from pursuing their internship, which would be a step in their medical career.
Dr Rai said, “These students, who do not deserve to be doctors, will become half-baked doctors in the state of Madhya Pradesh.” He has alleged that Singh only secured 44% marks in Class 12 examination, and was ineligible for taking admission into MBBS course.
Meanwhile, advocate Aditya Sanghi, counsel for the petitioner, said he would request the high court to issue hand-delivered notices to the respondents in the matter.
Nine hi-tech buses launched in Indore
With a view to improve public transport in the city, Atal Indore City Transport Services Limited (AICTSL), a public limited company, on Monday introduced nine hi-tech buses to ply on nine different routes.
Mayor Malini Gaud, district collector P Narahari, AICTSL CEO Sandeep Soni and others flagged off the buses from Ranjeet Hanuman temple premises on nine different routes.