CBI blows NEET racket: Rs 50 lakh for a medical seat

A Nagpur-based coaching centre has been accused of promising candidates a medical seat and using proxy writers for the exams. So far, five have been arrested.

Delhi: The Central Bureau of Investigation registered a case on Thursday against a Nagpur-based coaching centre for offering to write the NEET exam for candidates and assuring them admission by using proxy writers who used morphed ID cards. Five people working for the centre have been arrested. This comes weeks after a similar racket for the Joint Entrance Exam was exposed by the CBI.

Sources informed the CBI that the medical exam held on September 12 in Delhi and Ranchi would be rigged and that a Parimal Kotpalliwar, who runs an education centre called M/s R.K. Education Career Guidance in Nagpur, allegedly promised admission to a medical seat to students at the cost Rs 50 lakh and would use proxy writers. They did not turn up for the exams and there is “a probe on to check how many candidates engaged proxy writers with the help of the suspects and whether any fraud was actually committed,” according to a CBI official.

The FIR was first accessed by NDTV.

Those identified by the CBI as having paid money to the company for passing the exams are Aniket Tarapure, Hritik Mohite, Ritesh Bhajipale, Rusheekesh Thombre and Shubham Sangole.

The CBI FIR said that parents were asked to deposit post-dated cheques and original mark sheets of the candidates for Class-X and Class-XII as security, which would be returned after receiving the agreed amount of ₹50 lakh. The user IDs and passwords of the candidates appearing for the examination had been collected by Parimal Kotpalliwar and his associates and necessary modifications had been made for getting desired examination centres as planned by them.

“They also use the process of mixing/morphing photographs to facilitate use of proxy candidates for appearing in the examination. Copies of e-Aadhar cards of candidates are being collected for the purpose of making forged ID cards,” said the FIR.

The CBI FIR said the actions of the suspects prima facie revealed offences of cheating, forgery and other offences under the provisions of the Information Technology Act, 2000. The coaching centre and unknown others indulged in fraudulent acts in NEET UG-2021 conducted on September 12, 2021, “thereby cheating the National Testing Agency, genuine meritorious candidates and the general public at large,” the CBI said.