The Special Judge, CBI (Vyapam Cases), Indore (Madhya Pradesh) has sentenced Shri Manish Kumar (an impersonator) to undergo five years Rigorous Imprisonment in a case related to Vyapam.
The accused who was absconding since 2004, was arrested by CBI on Nov 12, 2018 after CBI took over the case in 2016. He was produced before the Trial Court, Vyapam cases, Indore on Nov 13, 2018 and was sent to Judicial Custody.
After investigation, CBI filed a chargesheet on Jan 21, 2019. The trial of the case was continued during the pandemic situation of Covid-19. The Court found the accused guilty and convicted him.
CBI had registered a case on May 31, 2016 and taken over the investigation of the FIR No. 243/2004, earlier registered at Police Station Morghat Road, Khandwa (Madhya Pradesh). The instant case was one of the 155 cases registered on the orders of Supreme Court of India. It was alleged that the accused Manish Kumar (an impersonator in the written examination of PMT-2004 on behalf of the candidate) was absconding since 2004 after he was granted bail by the Trial Court.
It was alleged that he was caught on the spot in the examination hall by the Invigilators at the examination centre in a college at Khandwa (MP) during the PMT-2004 examination on June 11, 2004. The said accused was charge-sheeted in absentia by Local Police along with the other accused. The Trial Court acquitted the candidate and the middleman, and did not pronounce the judgement against absconding accused Manish Kumar.
During CBI investigation, it was learnt that Manish Kumar was absconding since 2004 itself. It was also alleged that he had wrongly mentioned his father’s name and gave wrong residential address of his village at District Patna (Bihar) in the statements/records. After intense and continuous efforts, CBI found his father’s correct name and his address at Patna. It was also found that he completed his MBBS from Darbhanga (Bihar) in 2011 and was studying in MD from Varanasi (UP).
Till now, in 36 Vyapam cases, the Trial Courts have convicted around 100 accused and imposed fine of Rs 6,30,100 (approx.).