Frontlist | HC seeks CBI response on NEET malpractices in other states

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MADURAI: The Madras high court has sought a response from the CBI as to whether NEET impersonations were reported in other states, after taking into account that a large-scale conspiracy was hatched among several people from other states.
The court was hearing the bail petition filed by Rasheed, a middleman who was arrested in connection with a NEET impersonation case by the Theni CB-CID police.

The CB-CID deputy superintendent of police who appeared before the court submitted that they have collected various documents and also sent instructions to the colleges to find out the impersonators. He further submitted that they had also sent a letter to UIDAI seeking for comparison of the photos and also the fingerprint.

Justice M Nirmal Kumar observed that the court finds that other than Tamil Nadu, such malpractices were not reported in any other states. The apprehension is that the same modus operandi was adopted in other states, but has not been reported.

The judge said that the CB-CID officials concentrated only on students who had been admitted in Tamil Nadu. However, there is no cooperation on the side of UIDAI and from the director of medical education and other stakeholders.

The judge said that the students involved in such malpractices deny the seats for bright students in getting medical seats.

To prevent such malpractices, judge Suo Motu impleaded the Madurai district superintendent of police of CBI – anti-corruption branch and sought a response as to whether such malpractices were reported in other states.

The counsel appearing for the petitioner submitted that the petitioner had already been granted statutory bail by the trial court and hence, he seeks permission from this court to withdraw this petition.

The petition has been kept pending and adjourned to March 18.

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