Vyapam scam: Candidates ‘lied’ middlemen were dead

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The CBI suspects there were over 90 instances in the Vyapam scam wherein candidates lied that the middlemen, who hired examinees to appear on their behalf, were dead.

It is alleged that a large number of bright students were hired by the candidates to take the medical entrance examination conducted by Madhya Pradesh Professional Examination Board known as Vyapam, CBI sources said.

Giving details of the modus operandi, the sources said the candidates were approached by middlemen who engaged other middlemen to identify bright students in Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Maharashtra, Delhi and Rajasthan who could impersonate those taking the medical entrance examinations.

The strategy was such that the candidate did not know the second middlemen or the impersonator, they said.

In large number of cases, the photographs in online forms submitted by the candidates were allegedly morphed in a way to match with the impersonator who was supposed to take the entrance examination on the payment of a fee, they said.

When the scam surfaced, candidates were asked to give names of poor people who were dead as the middlemen, the sources said.

This was allegedly done to cover the tracks so that police cannot reach the actual middlemen and the examinee who appeared on behalf of such candidates in the examination.

When the CBI took over the probe in the matter, it suspected that in about 96 cases, candidates and the middlemen were lying prompting them to undergo lie detector tests, the sources said.

They said the candidates and middlemen who refused to undergo the test were put under psychological assessment test (PAT) for which their permission or that of the court is not required.

The agency has so far carried out such tests in 96 cases thus prompting majority of the candidates and the middlemen to tell the truth and identify the real persons, the CBI sources said.

The 48 reports received by the agency from the CFSL show that 40 such candidates have spoken truth while eight remained deceitful, they said. (More) PTI ABS ZMN


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