Investigators could have unearthed the alleged multi-crore rupees scam in DMAT —the test to fill seats in the state’s private medical colleges — had they acted after getting a hint of irregularities in the exam nearly two years ago. In September 2013, a man called Ranvir Anand and his accomplice Surendra were arrested.
Anand had revealed how candidates, who paid, got admission in any college of their choice irrespective of their performance in Dental and Medical Admission Test (DMAT), held by the Association of Private Dental and Medical Colleges.
Exam officials used to mark the correct answer for the multiple-choice questions for the students who paid, Anand had said.
The police investigations, however, hit a roadblock after then controller of the DMAT AW Khan, who was under investigation, died of brain haemorrhage in October that year.
The lid on the DMAT scam — suspected to be to the tune of Rs 10,000 crore —was recently blown off after revelations by Yogesh Uprit, ex-controller of the exams and its current treasurer, who was arrested in Gwalior.
Sources said after Anand’s revelations it was found that there was a nationwide racket operating and middlemen struck deals with medical aspirants from other states too.
The college campuses were openly used by agents who brought students there, to convince them that they were in right hands, sources said. Often, forms were allegedly filled even after the last date had passed.
Police had made some progress and arrested Anupam Chouksey, then executive secretary and managing trustee at LNCT group of colleges and APDMC secretary.
“It was one Dr Jai Chandra, who had made a complaint about the fraud. After the racket was found functioning, the DMAT ex-controller AW Khan was called for questioning and after his condition deteriorated, he was admitted to hospital where he had died,” said a police officer.
“The matter was treated as a case of fraud and no high-level probe was launched,” he added.
The scent of the DMAT scam comes at a time when the government is trying to defend itself in an alleged scam involving the Professional Examination Board, in which multiple rackets helped candidates rig exams for money.
Special task force officials remain tight-lipped about revelations made by Uprit and no FIR has been made in the alleged scam.
Additional SP Virendra Jain said Uprit’s statement has been recorded and would be shared with top officials. STF chief Sudhir Sahi couldn’t be contacted.
Dr Jai Chandra makes first complaint about fraud in DMAT in 2013
Gang involved in admissions caught on Sept, 2013
DMAT controller AW Khan called for questioning, died of haemorrhage in Oct, 2013
Yogesh Uprit’s arrest on May 30, 2015 again brings the focus back on DMAT