In the case of fraudulent practices in SSLC public exam

Former Education Minister of Puducherry P.M.L. Kalyanasundaram and two others were on Thursday sentenced to a two-year jail term for adopting fraudulent practices while appearing for SSLC public examinations at a Tindivanam centre in 2011.

The Tindivanam Judicial Magistrate-I Court also slapped a fine of Rs 5,000 and in default to undergo imprisonment for three more months.

Soon after the conviction they executed a surety bond for Rs. 20,000 each as required and came out on bail.

Magistrate A. Saritha sentenced them to undergo two-year jail term each on two counts (a total of four years): Section 120 (b) read with Sections 471 and 109 of the Indian Penal Code, and Section 468 read with Section 109 of the Indian Penal Code (criminal conspiracy, preparing forged documents, forgery and abetment to crime). According to Assistant Public Prosecutor Y. Amjad Ali both the sentences would run concurrently, thus, making the accused to undergo the jail term effectively for two years each. Mr. Kalyanasundaram wanted to clear science and social sciences papers in the SSLC public examinations as a private candidate.

He had to sit for the science examination on September 29, 2011, and the social science examination the next day. However, questions were raised as to whether the candidate who appeared for the examination was really Mr. Kalyanasaundaram or a proxy engaged by him to write the examination. The candidate appeared only on September 29 and did not turn up on the second day.

As there were apprehensions, the Villupuram Education Department initiated an inquiry and later entrusted the case to a Special Branch police.