Cheating in PGI exam: Accused in police custody

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CBI sleuths on Sunday produced the 15 accused allegedly arrested for cheating in the post-doctoral degree examination of Post-Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER) before the duty magistrate, who remanded them in police custody till November 15.

One of the CBI sleuths said while the eight girls arrested were not medical students, one of them was not even a graduate. Their only job was to get the papers leaked and help the medical students.

"We have sought police remand from the duty magistrate as the CBI suspects involvement of more people," said special counsel for CBI P K Dogra.

The CBI sleuths said there were 20 medical students who were to be the beneficiaries of the entire racket. Apart from trying to find out these beneficiaries, the CBI wants to know about the place from where the accused had bought the gadgets they were using in the examination, and the number of times the accused had executed their nefarious designs and how many people they had helped so far.

Gurivi Reddy, the kingpin of the racket, is a medical dropout. His name had earlier surfaced in an Eamcet scam in 2010 in Hyderabad wherein he was found cheating in a medical examination using a similar modus operandi. He was arrested by the Andhra Police and later reportedly confessed to his crime.

In a related development, CBI sleuths in Patna arrested another accused, Gangadhar Reddy, on Saturday. He will be brought to Chandigarh for interrogation and his role is yet to be ascertained.

The CBI had received a tip-off on November 9 following which they raided all the centres where the examination for the MS/MD courses in PGIMER was going on on Saturday. Out of a total of 11 centres, seven girls were arrested from four centres and the kingpin was arrested with seven others from the KC Residency Hotel, Sector 35.

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