The Kerala police have arrested George Joseph of Tiruvananthapuram for having provided a proxy to crack the NEET examination on the basis of which a Tamil Nadu student got admission to Theni Medical College.
Joseph, who is running a NEET coaching centre in Tiruvananthapuram, was arrested on the basis of information of provided by Theni Medical College first year student Udit Surya. The student as well as his father, Dr Venkatesan, who was with Stanely Medical College in Chennai, were arrested by the Crime Branch CID on Wednesday,
During interrogation Surya told the police that he paid Rs 20 lakhs to Joseph and he arranged a proxy who passed the examination. Dr Venkatesan has been suspended.
Joseph is likely to be brought to Theni after getting a transit remand from local magistrate.
With the arrest of Joseph, CB CID officials say it is a well-entrenched network with tentacles spead across the country, including Mumbai, Pune and Lucknow and Delhi.
The scandal came to light after the Theni Medical College got several emails saying that Surya who attended counselling was different from the one got admission. The college swung into action and Surya surrendered his seat on Sept 13 and absconded.
The police later arrested him along with his father and remanded to judicial custody.
Three other students, including a girl, have been taken to Theni by the CB-CID along with their fathers. They are Praveen of SRM College, Rahul of Balaji Medical College and Abirami of Sai Satya Medical College, Chennai . They were take for interrogation after prima facie evidence showed that they got admission based on the marks scored by two others who appeared for them in Delhi and Uttar Pradesh .
Preliminary enquiries revealed that the students paid Rs.20 lakhs each to the persons who appeared on their behalf.
Except the photographs, all other credentials like the name, age, marksheet, address and other entries in the application were that of the students who engaged the proxy candidates. Had the photographs been checked properly this scam could have been detected earlier, police says.
Investigators are co-ordinating with their counterparts in Delhi and Lucknow to get the identity of the suspects who impersonated and wrote NEET on behalf the suspect students.
The whole racket is a case of life imitating art as in the Kamal starrer Vasool Raja MBBS which was based on such an impersonation.