New Delhi, Nov 23: The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Thursday filed chargesheet against 592 persons in the multi-crore Vyapam examination scam that broke out in Madhya Pradesh. Those named in the CBI chargesheet include four Vyapam officials and four chairmen of private medical colleges. The charge sheet was connected to the Pre-Medical Test of 2012 — one of the several cases of irregularities in examinations conducted by Vyapam.

The four former Vyapam officers named in the CBI chargesheet are Pankaj Trivedi (the then director Vyapam), Nitin Mohindra (the then Sr system analyst), Ajay Kumar Sen (the then deputy system analyst) and CK Mishra (the then programmer). The chairmen of four private medical colleges have also been named in the chargesheet. These include Ajay Goenka of Chirayu medical college, SN Vijaywargiya of Peoples Medical College, JN Chowkse of LN medical college and one Suresh Singh Bhadauria.

The accused allegedly employed imposters to write papers, supply forged answer sheets and bribed officials to manipulate exam hall sitting arrangements, reported news agency ANI. Earlier on October 31, the premier investigating agency had filed a chargesheet against 490 accused in the scam while giving a clean chit to Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan.

The previous chargesheet named three Vyapam officials, three racketeers, 17 middlemen, 297 paper solvers and beneficiary candidates and 170 guardians of beneficiary candidates. The charge sheet was connected to the Pre-Medical Test of 2013. The investigation found that the organised rackets employed students from across the country to allegedly impersonate medical students and appear in recruitment exams since 2008. Middlemen manipulated seating arrangements and forged answer sheets in exchange for lakhs of rupees.

The Vyapam scam is an admission and recruitment fraudulent scheme, beginning in 1995, involving politicians, senior officials and businessmen in Madhya Pradesh Professional Examination Board (MPPEB).