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The man who knew all the questions

An interesting story doing the rounds about Ranjit Singh is that two of his domestic help are also studying medicine.

india Updated: Nov 26, 2003 16:26 IST

An interesting story doing the rounds about Ranjit Singh, the brain behind the leakage of question papers for the Common Admission Test (CAT), is that two of his domestic help are also studying medicine.

Whether the story is apocryphal or has some truth in it is not clear. But what cannot be denied is that Ranjit enjoyed enormous clout in Bihar.

He offered his clientele a career in medicine, engineering and business administration at a 'small' price (ranging from Rs 5 lakh to Rs 15 lakh).

Ranjit hailed from a modest family of Lodipur village under Hilsa block in Nalanda district, and went on to amass property worth crores in different parts of the country.

Ranjit's name was Kumar Suman Singh when he passed the Bihar secondary school exams in 1979. After changing his name to Ranjit Singh, he took the secondary school exams again a couple of years later. In 1990, he was arrested by the police in Ranchi and sent to jail in a fraud case.

Ranjit did his MBBS from the Darbhanga Medical College in 1994 and later set up a pharmaceutical company.

Ranjit Singh was not the only doctor in the family. Both his sister Sulochana and brother got their medical degrees from the Patna medical college. Another relative, Virender, did his Bachelors in dental surgery from the same college. The CBI believes they may have taken Ranjit's help to get admission.

Most of Ranjit's associates were students of premier institutes and belonged to influential families. Sorojit Sishir Chaudhary passed out of Saint Xaviers College, Ranchi, and joined Ranjit to earn quick money.

Another accomplice, Ujwal Sinha, did his engineering degree from the Birla Institute of Technology, Ranchi. P.P. Raman, studying at the Maharashtra Institute of Technology, and Anamika Singh, student of the Pune Institute of Technology, were allegedly among his associates.

First Published: Nov 26, 2003 16:25 IST