The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has filed a chargesheet against 26 people, all from Andhra Pradesh, in a case involving cheating and leaking of the question paper using hi-tech devices during the MD/MS examination held in November 2012, at the Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER).
The exam was held on November 10, 2012, and the scam came to light on November 11.
It was found that six women had enrolled for the test with the sole purpose of leaking the exam and did not have the mandatory MBBS degree, the eligibility condition for the test. Eight doctors are among the chargesheeted.
CBI sources said Andhra Pradesh resident Dr P Guirivi Reddy (31) was the kingpin of the scam. Candidates had struck a deal of paying between Rs 30 lakh and Rs 40 lakh to Reddy for getting the exam cleared and most had paid half the amount.
The dummy candidates leaked the question paper through button-hole cameras fitted in their clothes to Reddy, who had set up a control room at a Sector-35 hotel.
The leaked questions were forwarded to subject experts in Patna and Ahmedabad, who relayed the answers to Reddy. Finally, Reddy dictated answers to actual candidates who wanted to clear the exam through cheating and had paid him for it.
“The camera and phone were hidden in dummy candidates’ undergarments. The photo was mailed to Reddy’s laptop in a Sector-35 hotel,” a CBI source said. CBI SP Tarun Gaba said the chargesheet had been submitted to the duty magistrate.
Cracking the case
A team of CBI officials had followed the accused from Delhi to Chandigarh, following a tip-off from Andhra Pradesh and had booked a room in the same hotel as the kingpin, P Reddy.
Reddy was arrested when he was in the middle of dictating answers, over phone, to the ‘actual’ candidates. Seven such candidates — all girls — were nabbed from four different examination centres. A scanned copy of the question paper, allegedly mailed by one of the dummy candidates, was also found on his laptop.
Dr P Guirivi Reddy, the alleged kingpin, did his MBBS from Shantaram Medical College in Nandyala in Kurnool district, Andhra Pradesh. The second accused Dr Kota Gangadhar Reddy, acted as the conduit between the kingpin and candidates. He was a second-year MS (orthopaedics) student, before he decided to produce films.
THE SCAM EXPLAINED
Dummy candidates leaked the MD/MS entrance exam question paper through button-hole cameras fitted in their clothes to the gang kingpin, who had set up a control room in Sector-35 hotel.
Each candidate had a struck a deal to pay between Rs 20 lakh and Rs 40 lakh to clear the exam.
Within seconds, the leaked questions were forwarded to subject experts in Patna and Ahmedabad, who relayed the answers to the kingpin, Reddy.
Finally, Reddy dictated answers to actual candidates who wanted to clear the exam and had paid for it. The CBI sleuths arrested him while doing so.