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Re-totalling scam: VB books ayurved varsity's former exam controller

Harpreet Kaur , Hindustan Times  Hoshiarpur, September 13, 2013
First Published: 20:45 IST(13/9/2013) | Last Updated: 20:46 IST(13/9/2013)

In the re-totalling scam of Guru Ravidass Ayurved University (GRAU) here, the vigilance bureau (VB) has registered a forgery case against former controller of examination (COE) Loveleen Kaur and clerk Deepak Khanna. They have been indicted for their role in tampering with marks of some BAMS (Bachelor of Ayurveda, Medicine and Surgery) students in 2011.

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The Punjab and Haryana high court had in May ordered the Punjab VB director to get a high-level probe conducted into the matter by an officer not below the rank of superintendent of police (SP) and, if required, register an FIR.

The court had ordered that the investigation officer should look into the inquiry reports submitted by the government authorities as well as the university management. The petition for a high-level probe was filed by the Punjab Homoeopathic Medical Association (PHMA), through its president, Dr Ajay Sharma.

The petitioner had highlighted tampering of marks and the alleged attempt to obliterate the identity of students so as to manipulate results. The re-totalling had thrown up surprising results, with one candidate's marks shooting up from 14 to 64, and another's rising from 22 to 47. There were more such cases which had raised doubts about the integrity of the officials concerned. While the university authorities held Loveleen Kaur responsible for the mess, the latter had pointed a finger at vice-chancellor OP Upadhaya and other officials. She had been relieved from the COE's post after the scam came to light.

SS Gill, former vice-chancellor of Baba Farid University of Health Sciences, Faridkot, had in February indicted university officials and recommended that the tampering case should be handed over to the police for further probe, while a three-member committee comprising board of management (BoM) members Jarnail Singh Wahid, Dr Savdesh Priya Dogra and Dr Deepak Goyal had claimed that the tampering was done by Dr Loveleen Kaur since she was then the custodian of all examination records.

The VB probe team headed by Jalandhar vigilance senior superintendent of police (SSP) Rupinder Singh and Hoshiarpur superintendent of police (SP) Baldev Singh authenticated the BoM's report.

The VB police station, Jalandhar, registered a case against Loveleen Kaur and Deepak Khanna under sections 420, 467, 468, 471 and 120-B of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and the Prevention of Corruption Act on September 9.

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