NEET: One more student held, probe intensifies

One more student who was being searched by the police in connection with NEET fraud has been arrested. Identified as Irfan, he was arrested near Salem.

It looks like medical education aspirants across several states in the country have been likely indulging in identity fraud to ace the National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET) with the aid of middlemen.

A Keralite agent has been arrested by the Tamil Nadu Police over identity fraud resorted to by medical colleges. George Joseph, a native of Thiruvananthapuram in Kerala, was nabbed allegedly for arranging NEET trainers or MBBS students to write the exam on behalf of real candidates.

The CB-CID, which is probing the NEET impersonation case, on Sunday summoned the deans of three private medical colleges to Theni and questioned them in connection with the admission of first-year MBBS students into their institutions.

Sri Sathya Sai Medical College and Research Institute dean Premanath, medical superintendent Sukumaran Annamalai, Sree Balaji Medical College dean A. Sivakumar and SRM Medical College Hospital dean A. Sundaram were among those questioned, reports said.

Report said Mohammed Shafi alias Raja (43) runs two private clinics – Raja hospital at Kadharpettai at Vaniyambadi and Aroor Raja hospital at Tirupattur. Since all his siblings were doctors, Shafi wanted to make Irfan also a doctor and got an impersonator to clear NEET for him.

The  scam was uncovered when Udit Surya, a student of Theni Medical College was accused of using a  proxy to clear his NEET. He was subsequently found guilty and arrested along with his father. The father and son are currently lodged in Madurai Central prison.