7 girls among 16 held for cheating in PGI MD/MS exam

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

Those arrested from the hotel include Gurivi Reddy, Mahindra, Jagdeesh, Thamin Khan, Afroz, Siddhartha Subhadra, Promila and Rahemu Nnisa. As per CBI officials, Gurivi Reddy a resident of Hyderabad, is the mastermind behind the cheating gang, while the others are from Tamil Nadu and other parts of Andhra Pradesh.

The officials, however, said that the seven girl students had appeared for the exam only to take pictures of the question paper and get it leaked. The agency officials believe that there may have been some candidates at the examination centres who were to receive the answers but they are yet to be identified.

"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 also 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," he added.

According to CBI officials, the agency's anti-corruption branch had reliable information regarding cheating in the exams, following which, checking was conducted in the examination centers and the seven girls were found to be using sophisticated equipments like camera, mobile phones and blue tooth.

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