8 Jul, 2015
While shady deals aren’t exactly unusual in Asia’s third largest economy, the Vyapam scam—or the Madhya Pradesh Professional Examination Board scam—is getting murkier and scarier by the day.
Since 2007, thousands of applicants in Madhya Pradesh have allegedly paid bribes to manipulate examination results for government jobs and medical colleges, according to police. A number of government officials, businessmen and politicians are currently serving jail terms. The total arrests in the case exceeds 1,900.
India’s opposition party, the Indian National Congress, has called it the “most sinister scam of India,” and asked the prime minister to take “moral responsibility for what is happening” in Madhya Pradesh, a state ruled by Narendra Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party.