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A case of doctored doctors

Ranjit Singh had not only managed an MBBS degree for himself but also for his brother, sister, relatives and friends.

india Updated: Nov 26, 2003 20:25 IST

The kingpin of the gang involved in the leakage of CAT question papers, Dr Ranjit Kumar Singh, had not only managed an MBBS degree for himself but also for his brother and sister, besides relatives and acquaintances.

Interrogation of Ranjit and his associates, arrested by the Central Bureau of Investigation, revealed that they had procured MBBS degrees for many of their kin. The investigating agency has registered a regular case (RC 58/2003) in this connection.

While Ranjit secured admission in Darbhanga Medical College and Hospital (DMCH) in 1994 and passed out in 2000, his younger brother, Shrawan Azad, took admission in Patna Medical College and Hospital (PMCH) in 1995 and passed out in 2001. He is reportedly pursuing a course in MD (paediatrics) in Aligarh.

Subsequently, Ranjit's sister, Sulochana, was admitted to the PMCH in 1997 and she now is an MBBS degree holder. Ranjit had recently married Deepika, a resident of Kathauli village of Nalanda district. The marriage was solemnised in a lavish manner at Hotel Maurya here on March 5, 2003. The venue of the reception was his Station Road house in Hilsa (Nalanda).

Investigations have revealed that Ranjit's brother-in-law, Nagendra Singh, was his financial manager. Nagendra had managed admission for his younger brother, Birendra, in Patna Dental College and Hospital in 2001.

Ranjit's associate, Manoj Kumar, who was arrested along with him by the CBI from the same hotel in New Delhi, revealed that he and Ranjit were admitted together to the MBBS course at DMCH and had passed out together. The CBI officers were reportedly shocked when Manoj, an MBBS degree holder, could not write the full form of MBBS either in English or Hindi. He did not even have the basic knowledge of medicine.

Manoj further revealed before the CBI that his younger brother, Deepak Kumar, was admitted to King George Medical College, Lucknow, in 1997. His younger sister, Ranju Kumari, is a student of Mahatma Gandhi Memorial Medical College, Jamshedpur.

First Published: Nov 26, 2003 20:21 IST