High Court upholds KUHS order of debarring 3 medicos for impersonation in MBBS exam
Kochi: Holding the medicos guilty of impersonation, the Kerala High Court has recently upheld the Kerala University of Health Sciences' decision of debarring them from appearing in the MBBS examination for five years.Such a decision was taken by the HC bench comprising of Justice Raja Vijayaraghavan as it opined that it was hard to conclude that the medicos had nothing to with...
Kochi: Holding the medicos guilty of impersonation, the Kerala High Court has recently upheld the Kerala University of Health Sciences' decision of debarring them from appearing in the MBBS examination for five years.
Such a decision was taken by the HC bench comprising of Justice Raja Vijayaraghavan as it opined that it was hard to conclude that the medicos had nothing to with the manipulation carried out or that they had been made scapegoats. In fact, on the other hand, their role to somehow pass the exam was clearly evident, the bench opined as per The Hindu.
Apart from debarring the medicos, the University had ordered a detailed inquiry into the matter and had also suspended the Chief Examination Superintendent along with three women invigilators.
The matter came to light after the three students secured 95 per cent marks in the exams held in January this year, which was suspicious as the medicos had earlier failed to clear the exams and could not complete the course even after nine years.
Suspicion grew as in the answer sheets of these students there were variations in the registration serial number. Consequently, the college and the University decided to probe further and they found that the handwriting did not match with their previous answer sheets. The authorities also found a mismatch in the barcodes on the registration number slip and the answer book.
However, the University did not find out exactly how the cheating was done but it reportedly suspected since the question paper was delivered online, the printout of the question paper and answer book were handed over to someone else, who wrote the exam. Later, the answer books were returned.
After the University debarred the medicos, they approached the High Court bench challenging the order. While appearing in the court, the University explained how the petitioners deliberately appeared late, and pretended as if they were writing the exam. Meanwhile, three others were writing the exam in somewhere else in the college.
As per the latest media report by The Hindu, while considering the pleas, the HC bench referred to the manner in which the medicos kept changing their version at various stages of the inquiry and also the letters disclosing the role played by them. The court opined that all of this were testimony to how the medicos committed the grave fraud for undermining the entire system.
In fact, the bench also noted that the probe initiated by the college had also revealed the allegations against the persons responsible for the malpractice.
Although the court agreed that there was no material for suggesting that someone else had entered the examination hall and wrote the examination pretending to be the petitioner students, it opined that the in reality the booklets had been smuggled out of the examination hall with the help of the chief superintendent, invigilators, and IT staff.
Following this, three other persons, sitting in other part of the college, wrote the answers as dictated by some experts directly from the authoritative textbook and those were sent to the University.
Finally, upholding the decision of KUHS in debarring those three medicos, the HC bench also directed the police to conduct a fair investigation for bringing the truth out, adds Onmanorama. The court also advised the police not to get influenced by the judgment.