A 31-year-old postgraduate student (1st year radiology) Dr Jaan Mehta of Patna Medical College and Hospital has been arrested by the crime branch of Delhi police on Tuesday evening.
Mehta was arrested on the allegation of cheating in the national entrance cum eligibility test (NEET), 2016 with the help of supervisors. Delhi police took help for the Patna police for making the arrest.
“During investigation, it came to light that the accused had cleared MBBS after 12 attempts and got rank 386 in the NEET exam held last year,” police sources said, reported The Indian Express.
NEET is a medical entrance examination for the undergraduate as well as the post graduate students who are willing to pursue their career in medical courses (MBBS/BDS); NEET-UG is conducted by C.B.S.E (Central Board Of Secondary Education).
The CBI started its inquiry on first week of December 2016. The cheating took place in two examination centres in Chandigarh and Greater Noida. It was discovered that the servers of the examination centres were hacked. The Chandigarh examination centre in-charge, Ankur Mishra, was arrested on this regard on September this year. The CCTVs at the centres were not working during the hacking. Following the arrest of Mishra, three more people were arrested – Abhishek Singh, Atul Vats and Hansul. However, there are no clear evidences against them. The investigators found a few evidences which include photographs and CCTV footage from both the examination centres.
Being asked about the scam, Vyapam scam whistleblower Dr. Anand Rai told The Logical Indian that if the police and the judiciary system keep doing their work industriously then there are 100% chances of getting a positive conclusion by the law to put an end to this racket.
By setting a comparison with the Vyapam case he said that despite getting threat calls he had filed a PIL; many got arrested and 500 more will get arrested.
He added that many people are there behind the NEET scam, impeding the law. “The truth needs to be digged out to break the fetters of injustice. There are approximately more than 300 students who have passed examinations, duping the order not only in the medical but also in the engineering, banking and several government competitive exams,” he continued.
The doctor hinted that people are opting to choose shortcuts rather than studying hard to pass the examinations on their own merit.
The Logical Indian community is perturbed by the manner in which NEET PG, a national-level examination, was held this year. It has been marred with controversies from before it was held and new stories of corruption keep cropping out. We hope that further probe brings to justice all those, especially the supervisors who helped some students cheat.
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