New Delhi, The Supreme Court on Monday cancelled the admission of 634 students who got admission to the MBBS course in various medical colleges in Madhya Pradesh between 2008 and 2012 by illegal means.
These students had cleared the entrance tests for medical colleges conducted by the Madhya Pradesh Vyavasayik Pareeksha Mandal (Vyapam) or Professional Examination Board.
The order came from a three-judge bench headed by Chief Justice JS Khehar who refused to give any relief to the students in question.
Earlier, a two-judge bench had delivered a split verdict and the matter was referred to a larger bench.
Vyapam had cancelled the 634 admissions.
While Justice Chelameswar allowed them to complete their studies on the condition that they serve in the Army or rural areas for five years without salary, Justice Sapre wanted them to be barred.
It was due to the split verdict that the matter was referred to the CJI to constitute a three-judge bench.
The Vyapam scam has been making headlines as at least 34 people linked to it died mysteriously.
The Opposition Congress accused Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan and his wife of being involved in the scam.
The Vyapam scam was referred to the CBI in July 2015 on the orders of the top court.
Justice Chelameswar said it would not be prudent to let the students waste the knowledge they had acquired so far. He had also said that the students were not criminals as they were juveniles when the incident happened.
But Justice Sapre had said: “Once the cancellation of the examination results is upheld as being just, legal and proper, then its natural consequence must ensue.”
Vyapam is under probe for the alleged scam in college admission and recruitment scam involving politicians, bureaucrats and businessmen.