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NEET Scam in Tamil Nadu: Madras HC impleads IT Dept citing huge cash seizures

NEET Scam in Tamil Nadu: Madras HC impleads IT Dept citing huge cash seizures

Chennai: Citing huge cash seizures made by the Income Tax department officials during raids on a coaching centre in Tamil Nadu and on Karnataka based medical colleges, the Madras High Court has recently impleaded the IT department in connection to the NEET impersonation scam.

A division bench comprising Justices N Kirubakaran and P Velmurugan said that the seized cash was alleged to have been paid for admission in medical colleges.

Medical Dialogues had been reporting about this scam wherein a Theni Medical College’s medico was booked under IPC Sections 419, 420 and 120 (B) for alleged impersonation in NEET. The matter was forwarded to the Selection Committee of the Directorate of Medical Education (DME) and the cops on the basis of the complaint filed by the Theni Medical College Dean Dr AK Rajendran.

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The investigation into the matter kept on unfolding unexpected twists, wherein a doctor, who was allegedly liaisoned with an agent who facilitated the impersonation; a Keralite agent; three more MBBS students and their parents also fell under the scanner of the CB-CID.

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A proxy candidate had allegedly appeared for NEET instead of the MBBS student, who joined the Theni Medical College, based on the marks secured by the hired man in the exam. Apart from the use of proxy candidates, other angles like fudging NEET score were also being looked into in the case.

After questioning of the three, it came to light that a number of other students from Tamil Nadu had also used foul means to gain MBBS admission into medical colleges. During the preliminary inquiry, it was revealed that lakhs of rupees reportedly changed hands to help aspirants join MBBS through illegal means.

Further, the matter reached the Madras High Court where the bench observed that the fraud of NEET impersonation for acquiring MBBS Admission may have not been confined to Tamil Nadu alone, but may have spread all over India.

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Thereafter, the bail pleas of 8 accused in the case including students and their parents were dismissed by the Judicial Magistrate Court.

Recently, the NTA informed the HC that thumb impressions of 4,250 students has been sent to the Crime-Branch CID.

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Now, during the recent hearing of the case, the HC impleaded the Director of Income Tax (Investigation), New Delhi, as a party respondent to the proceedings, reports PTI.

On October 12, the IT department had said it seized Rs 30 crore unaccounted cash during raids on a group running the coaching centre in Namakkal on the basis of intelligence inputs that it was indulging in substantial tax evasion by “suppression” of fee receipts received from students. It had also found Rs 150 crore undisclosed income of the group.

The court had earlier impleaded the Human Resource Development Ministry.

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