Cash-for-marks scam: Anna University top officials suspended, students probed

Cash-for-marks scam: Anna University top officials suspended, students probed

Three officials of Anna University, including former Controller of Examination G V Uma was suspended today after she along with nine other professors and examiners were booked by the DVAC for awarding marks in exchange for money during revaluation in 2017.

It is allegedly said that Rs 400 crore was transacted in the past two years. Tamil Nadu anti-corruption bureau has found that at least 16,636 students paid bribes to receive enhanced marks in the revaluation that was conducted in August 2017.

“We suspect that several thousands of engineering students paid bribes to boost their scores. Many of them would have graduated as engineers from Anna University. During searches, we seized copies of answer scripts and documents of immovable assets from the residential and office premises of Uma and others.

The accused have been booked under the provisions of the Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988, and also on charges of conspiracy, cheating, forgery and criminal misconduct,” a senior DVAC officer told The Hindu.

Meanwhile, investigation officials questioned some students today, it is said. DVAC sleuths carried out searches at the Chennai residence of Uma, those of Vijayakumar and Sivakumar at Tindivanam and the office of Controller of Examinations at Anna University yesterday, the officials said.

During the searches, documents relating to alleged irregularities in re-evaluation and those pertaining to properties of the accused were seized, they said.

Uma, meanwhile, said the charges were false. DVAC has slapped cheating and forgery charges, and seized property documents after raids at houses of Uma, Vijaykumar and Sivakumar.