Top government officials and other influential people had transferred their children from different private medical colleges to government-run institutions, a whistleblower claimed on Friday, highlighting what could be another racket linked to the multi-layered Vyapam scam.
The revelations came a day after the Supreme Court asked the CBI to take over the investigations into the scam which saw largescale rigging of examinations for admissions to professional courses and recruitment in government jobs.
Whistleblower Anand Rai said there are at least 49 cases in which influential people cited spacious grounds in government medical colleges as a reason for seeking and obtaining transfers for their children from private institutes.
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Government-run medical colleges in Madhya Pradesh are known to have better infrastructure and better amenities besides charging much less annual fees.
Sources said that most private medical colleges charge around Rs 5 lakh per year for each student while in government colleges, like the MGM Medical College in Indore, the amount is as less as Rs 35,000 each per year.
"This is a major scam involving top officials and smacks of nepotism and high-handedness," Rai told Hindustan Times.
He said he had lodged a complaint with Lokayukta over the matter around six months ago but alleged that nothing was done about it.
He said he will move Supreme Court seeking a CBI probe into the racket.
"It is a new type of scam cum shortcut process which is going on. Just because they (the medical students) are high-profile people, they do not even need to appear for the pre-medical test and yet get a chance to study in a government college," said Rai.
"Such transfers (of students from private colleges to the government medical colleges) are done in extreme conditions and not just to allow kin of top officials easy access to a better future, which have happened in these cases," said Rai, also an RTI activist.
Rai said transfer is allowed under Migration Rule IV, but in these cases they have not been followed in the right spirit. The rule allows migration only in two cases termed as Compassionate Ground criteria. It includes either the death of a supporting guardian of the student or disturbed condition of the student.
"But in none of the 49 cases have these criterion been fulfilled," Rai said.
He said that in two of the transfers that have happened to the government Dental College in Indore and one transfer to the Gandhi Medical College in Bhopal. The reason given for the transfers include health certificates describing the students to be suffering from serious ailments including one having suicidal tendencies.