PGMET scam may be around Rs.60 crore
March 26, 2014 - Hyderabad
The CID officials who were entrusted the job of zeroing the Post Graduate Medical Entrance Test paper leakage scam have picked up 27 medical students with suspect ranks for questioning.
They were picked up in the early hours of Tuesday from Guntur, Vijayawada, Visakhapatnam and Ongole. The investigating agency has gathered conclusive evidence to prove that the question paper was leaded at a press in Bangalore where it was printed. Sources said that some educational consultancies based in Bangalore and Hyderabad roped in candidates in the guise of offering intensive coaching for entrance and struck a deal for leaking the entrance questions at the end of coaching session.
It may be recalled that the investigating agency has booked an FIR under sections 120(b), 420 IPC and Prevention of Malpractices in Examinations Act on Monday evening. The CID is also examining the possibility of the NTR University of Health Sciences officials in the leakage.
Allegations are on four counts
Question paper was believed to be the toughest in the last 27 years. In general, the score of the top ranker hovers around 150 but this year astonishingly many have crossed the 170 mark and the topper scored 180 out of 196. As many as 52 of the rankers in the first 100 have very poor academic track record in other entrance examinations such as NIMS and JIPMER and finally the presence of a scamster in the top 100 rank list.
It is alleged by the Junior Doctors' Association that the question papers were printed at a press in Bangalore were leaked. They said that were sold in between RS.30 lakhs to Rs.60 lakhs and the total scam amount may be around Rs.60 crore.
CID gathers call data
The investigating agency already gathered the phone call data of candidates who secured ranks below 100 and email conversations between the consultant firms and them in the last two months. The information reported to have cleared doubts of the agency officials. CID sources said that three teams were deputed to Delhi, Chennai and Mumbai hoping that the suspects might be hiding there after broke out of the scam. Those locations were identified based on mobile tower location of the erring students.
Vice Chancellor speaks to press
NTRUHS Vice Chancellor, Dr T Ravi Raju assured the aspirants that the CB-CID probe will be completed within three days. A decision will be taken on re-examination thereafter and the procedure will be stalled till then and added that the university is ready to conduct another test if directed by the Governor, said Ravi Raju. Speaking to press, he said various specialists who do not know each other prepare the questions and question bank will be prepared by collecting questions and from that bank, 200 questions will be selected for a final paper with the help of moderators. The question papers are printed outside the State, he said.