NEET impersonation scam: CB CID releases photographs of 10 suspects
Chennai: Stepping up its efforts to catch the culprits in the NEET impersonation scam in the backdrop of the issue bring surfaced in Tamil Nadu a few months ago, the CB CID has released the photographs of 10 suspects, who had appeared in NEET on behalf of the medical aspirants in exchange for money.
The photographs of the 10 suspects have been made public out of whom 8 are male and 2 are female.
"They wrote the exam on behalf of a few candidates from Tamil Nadu and illegally helped them get admission in medical colleges. The name and address of the impersonators are still unavailable," a release from the CB-CID said. The police have requested to communicate them in case of any information about the impersonators.
Medical Dialogues had extensively reported this impersonation scam wherein the 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.
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.
Apart from the use of proxy candidates, other angles like fudging NEET score were also being looked into in the case. During the preliminary inquiry, it was revealed that lakhs of rupees reportedly changed hands to help aspirants join MBBS through illegal means and a number of other students from Tamil Nadu had also used foul means to gain MBBS admission into medical colleges. Madras High Court 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.
NTA had further submitted the fingerprints of 6,976 MBBS students of government and private medical colleges and 1,250 of seven deemed Universities to the CB-CID, on the HC orders.