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MBBS cheating racket: SIT sets out on hunt for 600 medicos

A massive racket was suspected after four arrested persons revealed that they had replaced the answer sheets of around 150 students every year since 2014.

lucknow Updated: Jun 08, 2018 16:04 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Lucknow
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The racketeers used to change the original answer sheets of ‘beneficiaries’ with the ones written by ‘proxy’ examinees outside the examination hall, an STF official said.

A special investigation team (SIT) of the UP Police is hunting for around 600 people who are suspected to have cleared MBBS with the help of a cheating racket busted at Meerut’s Chaudhary Charan Singh University (CCSU) in March.

A massive racket was suspected after the arrest of four persons, including three university employees, who revealed that they had replaced the answer sheets of around 150 students of different medical colleges, affiliated to the university, every year since 2014.

“The racketeers used to change the original answer sheets of ‘beneficiaries’ with the ones written by ‘proxy’ examinees outside the examination hall,” a UP Special Task Force (STF) official said on condition of anonymity.

A home department official said the state government ordered an SIT probe into the scam in May after STF officials suspected a massive fraud.

The official said SIT, after taking up the case, has sought documents related to the scam from the STF and Meerut police.

A senior STF official said the racket’s kingpin was a Meerut resident, Kavi Raj Singh, who operated the scam in connivance with three university employees — Kapil Kumar, Pawan Kumar and Sandip Kumar. He said the involvement of one of Sandip’s family members, who is an MBBS student at MMC, is also suspected in the matter.

The STF official said the four people were arrested on March 17. Two days later, MBBS students of Muzaffarnagar Medical College (MMC), Dr Swarnjeet Singh of Punjab and Dr Ayush Kumar of Haryana, were also arrested when they had come to get their original answer sheets replaced.

The official said the arrested people revealed that they used to change the original answer-sheets of students for ₹1.5 lakh from each candidate.

“The accused further said that the answer-sheets of at least 150 students of different medical colleges, affiliated with the university, were changed every year since 2014. The racketeers were also involved in replacing answer-sheets of other courses too,” he said.

He added that the scamsters used to provide blank answer-sheets to the proposed beneficiaries, who used to get them filled by ‘proxy’ examinees outside the examination hall. After the examination, the original answer-sheets were replaced by the ones written by ‘proxy’ examinees, the official said.

First Published: Jun 08, 2018 16:03 IST