Pre-med test racket kingpin held in MP

FPDr Jagdish Sagar (second from right) express

A doctor allegedly helped more than 100 students get illegally into government medical colleges in Madhya Pradesh in the last three years, exposing a racket he ran in collusion with employees of the Professional Examination Board (PEB), a government body that conducts pre-medical test (PMT).

Indore-based Dr Jagdish Sagar was arrested from a hotel in Mumbai, where he was hiding ever since the police nabbed his accomplices who were impersonating for students in the PMT examination held recently. Two employees of the Professional Examination Board were also formally arrested on Wednesday by the Indore Crime branch.

The police searched his properties in Indore on Tuesday, the day he was flown back from Mumbai, and were stunned by the amount of wealth he had amassed. A six-bedroom secure bungalow, one among several real estate properties, in Indore had several biometric locks because hidden in almirahs and drawers were documents and details of the alleged racket he ran since late 1990s.

Besides a currency counting machine, the police seized about 125 cartridges, some of them used, guns and swords, foreign and Indian currency, liquor, jewellery and expensive electronic gadgets that reflected the luxurious life style his family of four had till they disappeared with the first arrest of the impersonators from Uttar Pradesh.

In his 40s, Sagar first checked into a plush Indore hotel before fleeing to Mumbai by road with his wife, holder of an MBBS degree, and two children, who study in a prestigious institution in Indore.

DIG (Indore) Rakesh Gupta told The Indian Express that Sagar owned up to between 100 and 150 bogus MBBS admissions in MP in the last two to three years. Gupta said Sagar operated on his own and was helped by a couple of employees of the PEB. The amount charged from each student ranged between Rs 8 lakh and Rs 25 lakh, depending on the circumstances.

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