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Fake candidate caught giving exam for Chhatisgarh Education Minister's wife

Namit Hans | Updated on: 5 August 2015, 11:49 IST

A sting operation by Rajasthan Patrika on 4 August found that a fake candidate was giving the entrance examination for Pandit Sundarlal Sharma Open University in place of Chhatisgarh School Education Minister Kedar Kashyap's wife, Shanti Kashyap.

A woman named Kiran Mourya was caught where the minister's wife should have been sitting. The incident took place at Lohandigura government high school, around 30 km from the district headquarters of Bastar in Chhatisgarh.

Professor Banshgopal Singh, Vice-Chancellor of the university, immediately ordered a high level enquiry into the matter. He also ordered strong action against the people in charge of the centre, directed that the case be handed over to the police.

The student wing of the Congress party demanded the resignation of the Education Minister on the grounds that he could not take responsibility for the future of students when his own wife was guilty of wrongdoing.

However, Education Minister Kedar Kashyap said: "I was not aware that my wife had applied for admission in an open university and some other woman was illegally sitting the exam in her place. I will support the authorities in carrying out a proper investigation of the matter."

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.

First published: 5 August 2015, 11:52 IST
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Namit works as a sub-editor at the Speed News desk. He is an economics graduate who stumbled into social work after college. His interest in social issues and desire to write sensitising stories led him to journalism. In his free time, he mostly reads about religion and mythology.