7 girls among 16 held for cheating in PGI exam

The CBI on Saturday arrested 16 people, including seven girl medical students, for using hi-tech gadgets to cheat during a post-doctoral degree examination conducted by the PGIMER at four different centres here. While the girls arrested were candidates appearing for the MD/MS examination, nine others were picked from KC residency Hotel in Sector 35.

Those arrested from the hotel included Gurivi Reddy, a Hyderabad resident. CBI officials said Reddy was the gang leader. Others arrested were from other parts of Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu.

The officials said the seven girl students had appeared for the test only to take pictures of the question paper and get it leaked. The CBI believes there may have been some candidates at the examination centres who were to receive the answers.

"The modus operandi of the gang involved the candidates taking pictures of the question papers through cameras in their clothes and sending them through mobile phones to other members in Patna and Hyderabad. These members solved the questions and e-mailed the answers back to the accomplices in local hotels, who subsequently flashed the answers to the mobile phones of the candidates in the exam hall," said CBI DIG Mahesh Aggarwal.

He ruled out impersonation and said that it was a case of cheating. "However further investigations are on and CBI teams are working on specific vital clues," Aggarwal added.

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