NEET SCAM Update: Doctor, Kingpin, 3 more MBBS students arrested; Complaint filed against 2 Medical teachers
Chennai: The investigation into the NEET impersonation case has revealed yet another hand with the arrest of a suspected key conduit, who is identified to be a doctor running a hospital in Vellore district. Besides, three more MBBS students have been arrested and the CB-CID officials have also got hold of an agent who is suspected to be the mastermind of the scam.
Meanwhile the Dean of Theni Medical College has also filed another complaint alleging involvement of two faculty members in the fraud.
Medical Dialogues had been reporting about this fraud 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.
Taking cognizance of the matter, the government had ordered to verify the medical admission in all medical colleges including government and private colleges under the state medical university.
The directions tumbled out another fraud case for MBBS admission. One more MBBS student managed to get into the medical college based on bogus allotment orders in the name of the Medical Counselling Committee (MCC).
Later, during a hearing on the case, the HC rejected the anticipatory bail petition of the student.
It was surfaced that his father, working as a physician at Government Stanley Medical College, had engaged a person--through an agent in Thiruvanathapuram by paying Rs 20 lakhs-to appear in the NEET held in Mumbai and counselling, but his son had taken the seat and attended the medical college. Apart from using proxy, other angles like fudging NEET score were also being looked into in the impersonation case, the CB-CID said.
Now, more arrests have taken place into the case including a doctor who is suspected to be the kingpin of the notorious scam and an agent, a suspected mastermind.
According to a recent report by PTI, a doctor, running a hospital in Vellore district was arrested in the case.
The CB-CID police said that the doctor allegedly liaisoned with an agent who facilitated the impersonation. The doctor is also the father of an MBBS student studying at Government Dharmapuri Medical College, who is on leave for about two weeks and is suspected to be evading authorities.
During the preliminary inquiry, it came to light that a number of other students from Tamil Nadu too had resorted to foul means to get admissions. Lakhs of rupees reportedly changed hands to help aspirants join MBBS through illegal means.
A Keralite agent has been arrested allegedly for arranging NEET trainers or MBBS students to write the exam on behalf of real candidates in a massive inter-state scam.
The ageny reportedly took Rs 23 lakh from the students to arrange for an imposter to write the exam. Ahead of the exam, the students had to give Rs 1 lakh. When the medical admission is confirmed, they have to give the remaining amount as part of the deal, investigators said.
It is suspected NEET trainers or MBBS students themselves wrote the exam on behalf of the candidates. The database of students at medical colleges would be checked to unravel the extent of the fraud, reports Manorama Online.
More MBBS students arrested
UNI reports that three more MBBS students and their parents have come under the scanner of the CB-CID. The students allegedly engaged impersonators to write the NEET exams on their behalf to get enrolled in three private medical colleges in Chennai.
The students acquired admission into SRM Medical College, Balaji Medical college and Sai Satya Medical College allegedly via unfair means.
All the three suspects would be taken to the Theni CB-CID office for a detailed inquiry after which more information would emerge. The three were found to have got the seats based on marks scored by the impostors who had appeared for the exams in Delhi and Uttar Pradesh.
The Police found that the students paid Rs 20 lakh each to the persons who wrote the exams.
Certain sources said, except the photographs, all the other credentials, including the name, age, mark sheet, address and other entries in the application were that of the students.
Role of Medical College Faculty?
In a new twist to the case, the Theni Government Medical College Dean, A.K. Rajendran, lodged a fresh complaint with the Gandamanur Vilakku police station against two faculty members, alleging that they had manipulated the attendance register in favour of Udit Surya, now in prison on charges of impersonation, reports The Hindu.