Even as All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) categorically denied any paper leak of the MBBS entrance exam, Ghaziabad police have arrested a lecturer employed with the institute in connection with the same.
According to Ghaziabad police that is investigating the matter, Meena Aggarwal, a lecturer at the nursing college at AIIMS, could be one of the links in a long chain of people involved in a racket of exchanging examination papers for money.
“Her involvement poses serious questions as she is an employee of the AIIMS. She says that the question papers are guess papers but we are investigating further as the complainants have levied charges that lakhs of rupees were demanded for admission in AIIMS under different quotas,” said Inspector Yogesh Pathak.
Aggarwal denied allegations and told HT, “I have been framed in this entire episode.” “A woman named Naima Chaudhary came to my house looking for accommodation a week ago. She later brought two students with her, who, she said, she would coach.
I only run a hostel accommodation for students at my residence and am not a party to paper leak. Police should arrest Chaudhary who is the culprit.”
Senior administration at AIIMS was, however, caught off guard on Monday morning when they “discovered” news of AIIMS MBBS entrance examination's paper leak.
This was almost 12 hours after Ghaziabad police got into action after receiving an anonymous call as a tip-off.
“Paper leak is a sensitive matter and of grave concern. We have been conducting exams for 25 years and paper-leaking reports have never come to us via media. It is shocking,” said a senior official in the examination committee at AIIMS.
Even as AIIMS went ahead with the entrance exam, taken by over 45, 000 aspirants across India, a team of examination experts sat with the Ghaziabad police to verify the original and the confiscated examination paper.
“There was a 100 per cent mismatch in questions. AIIMS team of experts sat with Ghaziabad police and checked the papers line by line. There is absolutely no questions of leak,” said Dr Y.K. Gupta, AIIMS spokesperson.
Aggarwal was allegedly caught with two sets of a question papers and two AIIMS hopefuls at her residence in Kavinagar on Sunday.
Senior Superintendent of Police Akhil Kumar said more people were being interrogated in the matter and more arrests were likely.
“Prima Facie it appears that these people operated a gang and cheated people in the name of getting admissions into AIIMS,” said Kumar.
“The gang had also floated an advertisement in newspaper, where they guaranteed 100 per cent success in examination. We are trying to locate the advertisement.”
According to the police, the lecturer was not running an institute.