Cases like Vyapam are ruining education system: Supreme Court

Cases like Vyapam are ruining education system: Supreme Court

On Tuesday, the Supreme Court said that India’s education system is “being ruined because of question paper leaks”. Supreme Court was hearing State government’s plea to cancel the bail of a key accused in 2016 paper leak case.

On Tuesday, while hearing the petition linked to a Karnataka High Court order to give bail to the key accused of a 2016 paper leak case, Supreme Court underscored the Madhya Pradesh’s Vyapam scam, which came into news several years ago.

The top court issued a notice to the key accused, Shivakumariah and asked “Why shouldn’t this bail be cancelled?”.

It further said, “Case like Vyapam in Madhya Pradesh have been distorting and perverting the education system.”

In March 2016, Karnataka’s state government filed a case over a chemistry question paper leak for pre-university exam. Recently the High Court granted bail to the key accused, Shivkumariah and discharged another co-accused Obalaraju.

On Tuesday, a 3 judge bench of Supreme Court put a stay on the High Court’s order on the co-accused.

Chief Justice SA Bobde said, “We want to send a message. These people (leaking question papers) are ruining the education system. We are coming across cases where education system is distorted and perverted. We know what happened in Vyapam case in Madhya Pradesh.”

Chief Justice SA Bobde headed the bench comprising of Justices A.S. Bopanna and V. Ramasubramanian and was hearing the 2016 case on tuesday.

The Vyapam scam is the irregularities in exams held by the Madhya Pradesh Professional Examination Board, also called Vyavasayik Pareeksha Mandal or Vyapam. The exams are conducted for admission in professional courses and state services.

Several years ago, the scam came into limelight with over 2,500 being accused in various cases. In 2016, the Supreme Court told the CBI to conduct an investigation into the scam.

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