Five students of Madhya Pradesh’s Gajra Raja Medical College, who have been accused in the Vyapam scam, have written to the President of India, seeking justice or the permission to die, reports NDTV
The petitioners – Manish Gupta, Vikash Gupta, Raghavendra Bhadauria, Pankaj Bansal and Amit Chhadha – allege that though they cleared their names, they are being discriminated against by the students and teachers of the college. Chhadha said:
“People see (me) as someone with a court case against him. They call us names like impostors. Even our answer sheets are kept separately. This is torture…We want justice or we want permission to die.”
In their letter, the students claimed they had cleared the PMT exam – the entrance test for medical courses – in 2010. But three years later, they were named as accused in the Vyapam case after it was found that their photos and signatures in the admit cards failed to match their college identity cards.
These students, however, cleared their names though fingerprint tests and later approached the High Court for permission to continue their studies, which was granted. They even obtained a stay on the police case against them. The Gwalior-based college readmitted them, but the students now say they face discrimination.
The college authorities say they have received no complaint from the students.
The students were among the 2,500 accused in the scam – which involved a blatant, state-wide manipulation of recruitment exams for colleges and government jobs through bribery.
The scam, which has engulfed the Madhya Pradesh government, is said to involve ministers, judges and bureaucrats.