Jagdish Sagar, one of the kingpins of the Vyapam racket, used to call them “masterpieces”. And according to officials of the Special Task Force (STF), arresting these impersonators, most of whom are from Uttar Pradesh and Bihar, is the biggest challenge for the CBI.
The “masterpieces” were bright students who were paid anything between Rs 75,000 to Rs 2 lakh to appear in the pre-medical test exams on behalf of the original candidates who coughed up anything between Rs 15- Rs 35 lakh for a medical seat.
The Madhya Pradesh STF had not been able to arrest the impersonators because of shortage of manpower and lack of coordination between its various state units.
“The MP STF had handed us a list of over 100 such names in February this year. We had raided some of the addresses but they turned out to be fake. The impersonators are from nearly all the districts of Uttar Pradesh and we cannot keep looking for them, hence we stopped. Now that a central investigating agency is probing the scam, it should arrest them,” said a senior level STF official of Uttar Pradesh.
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The question is whether the CBI will be able to nab the impersonators since the charge sheet is on the verge of submission.
All the kingpins of MPPMT racket — Tarang Sharma, Jagdish Sagar and Sudhir Rai — were dependent on more than 300 such people to execute their plan in Madhya Pradesh.
According to STF sources, most of the impersonators who appeared in MPPMT exams were either qualified MBBS or had completed their degree in their respective states. The impersonators were used in most of the exams conducted by Vyapam in the past few years.