Bhopal: A special CBI court on Monday sentenced the key conspirator to 10 years in jail and 30 others to seven years in prison each for rigging the recruitment examination for police constables held through the infamous Vyapam, which is embroiled in a Rs 3,000 crore scam in Madhya Pradesh. The conviction was announced on November 21 and the quantum of sentence was reserved for Monday. Those convicted include 12 examinees, 12 fake candidates or solvers (who took the exam in place of original candidates) and seven middlemen. This is for the first time that such a large number of people have been sentenced to such long terms in the Vyapam scam. The court of Special Judge S.B. Sahu had ordered the arrest of all the accused. Out of 150 cases related to the Vyapam scam, this judgment relates to the 14th case and this is the first time the court has convicted all the accused. The Special Task Force (STF) had registered a case under Sections 420, 419 and 120B of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) against the accused.
The sentences are based on the statements of 90 witnesses and 450 documents of evidence. In this case, along with six candidates from Datia and six from Bhopal, 12 other people who were taking the exam in their place were arrested. These led to the arrest of the middlemen. Most of the accused are from Bhind, Morena, Datia, Gwalior, Bhopal and Uttar Pradesh. The maximum sentence of 10 years’ rigorous imprisonment (RI) and a fine of Rs 5,000 was handed to Pradeep Kumar Tyagi, the middleman and key conspirator who organized the imposters for original candidates. The others have been sentenced to seven years’ RI and fines varying from Rs 1,000 to Rs 3,000. (IANS)