New Delhi: A Delhi sessions court has upheld
cheating and impersonation charges, slapped by a magisterial
court on two girls, one of them sitting in place of another
in a medical entrance test.
Besides endorsing the two charges against candidate Anju
Singh and another girl Tanuja Kumari, who sat in her place to
write the examination, Additional Sessions Judge T R Naval
also upheld the charge of cheating and criminal conspiracy,
against second girl`s father Krishnandan for making his
daughter write the paper for Rs 1.5 lakh.
The judge said there was sufficient material and evidence
on record in the form of statements of witnesses against Anju,
Tanuja and Krishnandan for framing of charges against them for
cheating, impersonation and criminal conspiracy.
"The reasons which support my decision are firstly that
all the ingredients which make out the offence of cheating,
criminal conspiracy and cheating by impersonation are there in
the present case," the judge said.
The court said the evidence prima facie shows that
Krishnandan was present at the admission centre and he had
brought Tanuja for appearing in the examination as per
criminal conspiracy and for that purpose he had obtained an
advance of Rs 50,000.
He was to receive more money after clearing of the
examination by his daughter for another girl, it said.
As per the prosecution, IP University had conducted a common entrance examination (CET) on June 15, 2005, and Tanuja, Krishnandan and Anju Singh were caught at St Lawrence
Convent examination centre of Geeta Colony in East Delhi.
The prosecution had said Krishnandan, who had taken Rs
50,000 from Anju as illegal gratification, had brought Tanuja
to the centre to appear in the exam in place of Anju.
It had said Tanuja and Krishnandan were caught at the
main gate of the examination centre while they were carrying
Anju`s documents, including her admit card.
"Truth or falsehood has to be ascertained after
conclusion of evidence by the respective parties. At this
stage, I find that there is grave suspicion of commission of
offences by accused persons, therefore, charge has to be
framed against them for the said offences," the judge said.
The trial court had framed charges against the trio
saying that Anju was the ultimate beneficiary if Tanuja had
not been caught red-handed at the examination hall in place of
her and prima facie, a case was made out against them.