Chennai: A PhD scholar has been arrested by Entrustment Document Fraud Wing (EDF) of the Central Crime Branch (CCB) for duping five MBBS aspirants of Rs 4.95 crore by pretending to be a member of the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) committee.
The case concerns a 42-year old S Nagaraj, MSc (Chemistry) graduate and who recently acquired his PhD and had worked in Pondicherry University in 2013.
He came in contact with Senthilnathan, a resident of Kodambakkam in 2016. He disguised himself to be the member of NEET committee and pretended to be someone who had a say in the medical admission process.
The accused developed a trust on Senthilnathan that he would secure seats for his relatives and tuned Rs 4.95 crore for the act.
When Senthilnathan developed suspicion regarding the admission, he asked for his money back. The accused claimed that he would be receiving crore rupees through foreign sources and promised to return the amount soon.
When the man realized that he was duped by the trickster, he approached the city police commissioner.
The police officer informed the TOI, “Nagaraj somehow learned that children of Senthilnathan’s relatives were seeking MBBS admissions and promised to get them seats in desired colleges. Trusting his words, Senthilnathan gave him Rs 4.95 crore to secure seats.”
The Medical dialogues team reported a similar case where two fraudsters in Karnataka also history-sheeters, were booked on the basis of the complaints filed by the parents of two MBBS aspirants in two separate cases for allegedly duping Rs 50 lakh collectively from them under the promise of a medical seat.
Earlier, two men, including a dropout from the renowned King George’s Medical University; were arrested on account of duping MBBS aspirants by promising them admission in medical colleges. The duo was openly running an office in the Noida city as an agency to provide MBBS admissions.