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Bihar probes for 'Ranjit connection' in state medical exams

Rabri Devi Govt has sought a list of those students who had taken admission to six medical colleges of the state under CBSE quota this year.

india Updated: Nov 26, 2003 20:44 IST

Alarmed over the Bihar links to the Common Admission Test (CAT) scam, the Rabri Devi Government has sought a list of those students who had taken admission to the six medical colleges of the state under the CBSE quota this year.

The CBSE has 15 per cent quota in these colleges.

Medical Education Department secretary Afzal Amanullah on Monday sent a missive to the principals of all the medical colleges to furnish the Plus II marksheets and permanent address of the students to the department at the earliest.

The Government move follows amid reports that the kingpin of the question paper leak racket, Dr Ranjit Singh, alias Ranjit Don, had helped many of his clients, kin and the wards of friends to get admission to various medical colleges.

The Government apparently wants to ascertain whether anyof them had got through the tough medical test through 'Ranjit connection'. Department sources said a list of those medicos who had performed badly in the Plus II examinations prior to their medical test as well as those belonging to the native region of Ranjit would be scrutinised in particular.

According to reports, Ranjit had helped at least 30-40 youths of his native Lodipur village in Nalanda district qualify in different competitive examinations.

The Government intends to hand over the list of candidates to the CBI, which is investigating the case. Bihar DGP Dhruv Prasad Ojha said that the Bihar police would cooperate with the CBI to unravel the mystery. "We will provide all the information that we have on such gangs," he said.

The State police also suspect Ranjit's hand in the recent leak of question papers for the civil court recruitment examinations in Bettiah and Saharsa, which were later cancelled. The district and sessions judges of both the districts have already been quizzed by the police in this connection.

Meanwhile, the CBI is said to be on the lookout for the video cassette of Ranjit's wedding to establish his links with the influential people of the State. 'The Don' had got married to a girl from Kathouli village of Nalanda on March 5 this year and hosted a grand reception in Patna. Many bigwigs, including ministers, leading doctors and police officers had attended the wedding reception.

First Published: Nov 26, 2003 19:32 IST