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Tamil Nadu NEET Scam: 3 complaints received by CBI; 16 MBBS students fail to submit fingerprints for scrutiny

Tamil Nadu NEET Scam: 3 complaints received by CBI; 16 MBBS students fail to submit fingerprints for scrutiny

Kerala: With the recent hearing on the NEET impersonation scam in Tamil Nadu, the Madras High Court has been informed 3 complaints have been received by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and over 16 MBBS students have failed to submit their fingerprints for investigation.

Earlier, the Madras HC had asserted that the entrance exam has been disadvantageous to students who could not afford NEET coaching classes and is discriminatory towards them.

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The whole matter came to HC’s purview after an aspiring medical student, had filed the PIL for a direction to the Tamil Nadu government to undertake proper counselling and ‘mop-up procedure’ to fill 207 vacant management quota MBBS seats in various colleges. Subsequently, the court widened the scope of the aspirant’s petition, taking note of the NEET impersonation scam which surfaced last month.

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Medical Dialogues had been reporting about this 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.

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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.

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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.

Now, it has surfaced that at least 16 MBBS students of deemed universities are yet to submit their fingerprints to CB-CID for identity verification, reports TOI. It was submitted that at least two of the students who have not given their fingerprints are “bedridden due to viral fever” and two others are “out of station”.

Meanwhile, CBI notified the bench that it has received 3 complaints in connection to the scam. The complaints had been received at the agency’s Chennai zonal office.

Two complaints of impersonation from Chennai had been referred to the Medical Council of India (MCI), while the one from Kochi in Kerala was under the scrutiny of the CBI, the counsel for the CBI added.

The submission was made in line with the undertaking given by the CBI counsel in the previous hearing that he would verify whether the agency had received any complaint of impersonation or malpractice in NEET in other states.

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