Bengaluru: A doctor, who wanted to get his son admitted in a reputed medical college to pursue MBBS, has been cheated of Rs 8 lakhs allegedly by an educational consultancy, which promised a medical seat at Shivamogga –based Subbaiah Institute of Medical Sciences.
According to a recent report by the Deccan Herald, Dr Edukondalu, who practices in Andhra Pradesh, contacted the consultancy for getting a medical seat at any of the reputed medical colleges in Karnataka state.
The doctor was assured by the firm that he would get an MBBS seat at Subbaiah Institute of Medical Sciences, a well-known medical college in Karnataka with 150 MBBS seats. The medical college is affiliated with renowned Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences (RGUHS).
To get the said MBBS seat at Subbaiah Medical College, he was told to pay Rs 88 lakh including advance of Rs 8 lakh.
In his complaint with the police, Dr Edukondalu stated that the consultancy had assured to get a medical seat for his son at the medical college under “payment” quota. The firm had asked for Rs 88 lakh for the MBBS seat, to which the doctor had agreed and gave them Rs 8 lakh advance by cheque.
Owner of the firm, identified as one Rajeev and his associate Akbar, had assured him that they would reply back soon to the doctor. Days later, they contacted the doctor in September to inform that they could not get a seat in at the said medical college; however, they promised that it would be possible to get an MBBS seat in a different medical college, reports Deccan Herald.
The doctor had been trying to contact the duo ever since but they were avoiding his calls. Realizing that he had been cheated, the doctor approached the police.
Subsequently, the police have taken up a cheating case on December 3 and are currently probing the matter.
Bengaluru has become a hub for fraudsters in some way, who are relentlessly cheating medical aspirants and their families under the pretext of providing them with a medical seat in Karnataka medical colleges.