Bengaluru: There seems no cessation for miscreants who promise medical seats to MBBS aspirants and flee with a huge amount of money extracted from them. A recent media report has brought to light one such unfortunate incident wherein a Bengaluru based businessman lost Rs 1.5 crore to a group of conmen allegedly taking money from him by promising to help his son secure a MBBS seat in an esteemed college.
The NewIndian Express narrates the case that relates to one 51-year-old Harish who is associated with the construction business whose his son had completed his pre-university course(PUC) examination. He had also appeared for the National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET) and was waiting for the results in 2018. In an attempt to get a MBBS seat for his son, Harish soon got webbed with a group of conmen.
Harish’s relative introduced him to a man aged around 32, identified as Satish. Satish is a businessman in Gandhinagar. Satish introduced Harish to another businessman in Basavangudi, Binesh Tamasha. After being acquainted, the trio met at Satish’ house when Tamasha claimed to have contacts in several medical colleges.
A deal was struck. Tamasha promised Harish a seat in Rajarajeshwari Medical College. Rajarajeswari Medical College and Hospital(RRMCH), etablished in 2005 and is an acclaimed medical institution situated in the serene 25-acre campus in South-West Bangalore. The college has been approved and recognized by Medical Council of India and Ministry of Health and Family Welfare and is affiliated to Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences, Karnataka.
Satish also took Rs 5 lakh as advance from Harish. Shortly after this, Harish was introduced to a few more people. All of them were said to have contacts in various colleges. In a span of six months, specifically, from June till November 2018, Harish ended up paying Rs 1.5 crore to them in various transactions.
However, the conmen neither got him a medical seat as promised nor they returned the amount taken as part of the deal. Further, they did not respond to Harish’s urge to refund the amount. Subsequently, Harish approached the Central Crime Branch(CCB). CCB directed the Basavangudi cops to register a case after conducting an initial inquiry. A case of breach of trust and cheating was registered against the accused.
“The investigation will be taken over by the CCB. It is claimed that the CCB sleuths have already traced and approached the accused persons, who claim to have returned 30 per cent of the money to Harish and promised to return the full amount in the next few instalments,” an investigating officer said The New Indian Express.
Currently, CCB police are verifying to if the accused conmen have deceived any other seat aspirants and their parents in the past.