NEET scam in TN: Photos of 10 suspects released, police intensify probe

The Crime Branch-CID of the Tamil Nadu police has written to the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI), seeking its assistance to track down those suspected of having acted as proxies in the sensational NEET scam.

CB-CID has made public the photographs of the suspected impersonators who took up NEET examinations for candidates from the state of Tamil Nadu. A total of 10 photos that included two women has been issued with a request to the public to help identify them and share information on 9443884395 or on depccwcbcid@tn.gov.in.

Eight first-year medical students were arrested last year for allegedly recruiting impersonators to crack NEET. Two brokers and seven parents, including a government doctor, were also taken into custody.

According to the Tamil Nadu Police’s Crime Branch-Crime Investigation Department (CB-CID) wing, which is investigating the case, the impersonators had chosen centres in north India to take the test. They applied under the original applicants’ names, and the certificates gained through the process were later used to secure admission to medical colleges. Investigators said medical aspirants who opted for this fraudulent route paid up to Rs 25 lakh.

The suspects, booked on the charges of criminal conspiracy, cheating, forgery and impersonation, were hired as proxies by candidates from Tamil Nadu to write the test on their behalf in different centres across the country.

The scam first surfaced in the Theni Medical College in Tamil Nadu, where the first case of a candidate clearing NEET with the help of a proxy who took the test on his behalf in north India was exposed. After the case was transferred to the CB-CID, more such cases were detected, and the agency had arrested 15 persons, including seven medicos and six parents.

In October, the Madras High Court ordered that thumbprints of all students admitted to medical colleges in Tamil Nadu be submitted to the CB-CID and be matched with those submitted to the National Testing Agency (NTA).The court granted conditional bail to Udit Surya in addition to two students in October.