NEET scam: HC grants bail to Udit Surya

Madras High Court’s Madurai Bench today granted conditional bail to K V Udit Surya, a medico who is accused of NEET impersonation.

He was the first student to be arrested for using a proxy to write the NEET for him. He was booked along with his father Venkatesan, a doctor at Government Stanley Hospital. While Surya was granted bail today, Venkatesan’s bail plea was dismissed.

When the bail plea of Udit Surya was taken up for hearing on Tuesday, public prosecutor A Natarajan who appeared for CB-CID submitted that the father-son duo have not yet revealed the name of the impersonator who appeared instead of Surya.

He said that after Venkatesan’s bail application was dismissed by the judicial magistrate court, following which he filed another bail application before the principal district and sessions court at Theni on Monday.

The scam appears to be similar to the story of the Kamal Haasan starrer Vasool Raja MBBS. Dr Venkatesh, a senior medical officer in the ENT department at the Government Stanley Medical College Hospital, Chennai, wanted his son, Udit Surya, to follow in his footsteps and be a doctor.
Impersonation was allegedly the final resort after his son failed to crack the NEET exam twice—in 2017 and 2018. Venkatesh was arrested, and later suspended from service.

The incident came to the forefront after the dean received email from a person identified as Ashok Krishnan, stating that Udit Surya had attempted NEET twice but failed and he cleared the exam on his third attempt when he appeared for the test in Mumbai.