A fake candidate allegedly sat for university exams today as proxy for senior BJP leader and Chhattisgarh education minister Kedar Kashyap’s wife Shanti Kashyap. Mrs Kashyap is a final year post-graduate student of English at the Sunderlal Sharma Open University in Jagdalpur. Centre in-charge Hemrao Kharge told that the woman who came to take the exams in her stead was later identified as Kiran Maurya, the minister’s sister-in-law and a resident of Bhanpuri district.
The incident took place at Lohandigura government high school, around 30 km from the district headquarters of Bastar in Chhatisgarh. As soon her identity came to light, the dummy woman candidate fled from the centre, leaving her answer sheet behind.
Proxy caught giving exam in place of Kedar Kashyap’s wife:
Complaining that a fake woman candidate was giving the exam in place of Shanti Kashyap, the journalists asked the in-charge of the examination centre, Hemant Khaparde, to match her appearance with the photo on the candidate’s admit card.
“Since there was a mismatch between the dummy candidate’s appearance with that of Kashyap’s photograph in the university records, the in-charge immediately informed me,” Vice Chancellor, Pt Sundarlal Sharma (Open) University Bansh Gopal Singh told.
She had appeared at the exam hall at 10 am for the English Language Studies paper, Centre in-charge Hemrao Kharge said. When the students noticed the impersonation and raised a ruckus, the police was called in and she was escorted out of the premises, he said.
This is Vyapam-style scam in the state
Talking to reporters, Khaparde said the lady who appeared for the exam was not Shanti Kashyap. “Her husband’s name was mentioned in the records as Kedar Kashyap,” he said. Meanwhile, Congress has demanded dismissal of the Education Minister over the issue.
The minister was not available for comments. His phone was found switched off. Congress said, “This is Vyapam-style scam in the state.”
“It is evident through this incident that how a School Education Minister is playing with the future of students. One can imagine the scenario of education in the state if a relative of school education minister is involved in such act,” state party chief Bhupesh Baghel said.
The Vice-Chancellor has barred Shanti Kashyap from giving the examination and also suspended the university coordinator who was posted at the centre as the fake candidate was allowed to finish the examination even after she was caught.