An inter-state network of racketeers, who allegedly manipulated the All India Institute of Medical Sciences' (AIIMS) May 8 entrance examination, had helped 11 candidates qualify and even get high ranks on the merit list in lieu of money, a probe by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has revealed.
AIIMS authorities have cancelled the selection of these 11 candidates and struck off their names from the merit list on receipt of the probe's findings from the CBI.
The CBI had on Friday busted the racket, allegedly led by radiologist Mahipal Singh, who has done his post graduate course in radiology from AIIMS.
"We are aware of the CBI's probe's findings. We have corrected the deficiencies in the AIIMS-PG entrance exam's merit list that was published on May 27. The selection of the 11 candidates has been cancelled ," Aiims's spokesperson Dr YK Gupta told HT. "We had retained the original answer sheets submitted by the candidates that were compared with the manipulated copies and the differences were seen," Gupta added. The candidates had allegedly not answered a majority of the questions asked in the test, said a CBI official.
"Some candidates, who appeared in the AIIMS PG exam on May 8, answered only a few questions and left most of the OMR (optical mark recognition/reader) sheet blank, but still secured high positions in the merit list published by AIIMS on May 27," said a source from the CBI source.