A week after they stumbled upon yet another racket — this time, related to an apparent ‘cash-for-seats’ arrangement in Delhi varsity’s University Faculty of Medical Sciences (UCMS) — the Delhi Police’s investigations into the matter have entered murkier waters.
Sources have revealed that they are now investigating the credentials of at least 35 candidates who took the said exam, held on May 22.
In addition, the racket’s links to a similar one busted by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) earlier this month and the role of Himanshu Gupta and his associates — who were nabbed for providing admission to well-paying candidates in undergraduate courses recently — are also under the scanner.
“We have received several lists of candidates from several sources who had flunked similar exams, but were more than just successful in the Delhi University Medical Entrance Test (DUMET) conducted just some weeks later,” said a senior police officer from the investigation team requesting anonymity.
On July 11, Hindustan Times had reported the said scam, in which, according to a written complaint received by the Crime Branch, eight candidates — who fared abysmally in and consequently, could not even qualify, a similar medical entrance test conducted by the Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University (GGISPU) on May 7 — passed DUMET, conducted on May 22, with flying colours.
The said candidates — who got between 70 and 72% in the DUMET — had managed to score only 10.50% to a maximum of 22% in the GGISPU Common Entrance Test (CET) held just two weeks earlier.
“According to a similar complaint that has been received pertaining to the matter, the role of a particular candidate — who is understood to be related to someone who has been charge-sheeted by the CBI for her involvement in the recent paper leak during the All India Pre Medical Test (AIMPT) early this month — is being investigated,” the officer said.
While the said candidate scored a whopping 72% marks in the DUMET examination, he could not even qualify the CET held on May 7.
His sister, meanwhile, is one of the 14 persons to have been questioned by the CBI after a recent AIIMS graduate — identified as Mahipal Singh — was arrested for getting his hands on and subsequently selling, the answer key to the said examination on July 5. Police said they are investigating the role of a city-based medical coaching institute in the matter.