Saturday, April 26, 2003, Chandigarh, India


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Admissions via ‘touts’ to be probed
Our Correspondent

Amritsar, April 25
The police is likely to broaden the scope of inquiry into the alleged CBSE PMT scam by getting at the persons who had got admission in medical colleges through scamsters in the past. Kingpin, Devinder Singh Pappu, a Sirhind-based Akali leader had reportedly told the police about the involvement of certain CBSE officials in the racket.

Meanwhile, the police has secured warrants against a Delhi-based agent Brij Paul Sharma and Patna-based Sidhanshu — both involved in the nationwide racket for leaking PMT papers. The police is also contemplating securing arrest warrants against the owner of ‘disha academy’ located in New Delhi.

According to highly placed sources, police parties which raided the premises of agents and academies in New Delhi, Patiala and other cities drew a blank as the alleged racketeers were absconding. However, a senior police officer investigating the matter claimed that the police secured several vital clues on the nexus on the basis of the identification of Pappu.

Meanwhile, the kingpin Pappu, S.K. Bawa and Amrik Singh who were produced in the court today had been remanded in judicial custody for 14 days. Earlier, the public prosecutor had sought further police remand of the accused on the plea that the accused should be taken to Bihar to nab other members of the scam nexus including Sindhanshu and his accomplices.

The sources pointed out that the aspirants for the PMT whose names were mentioned in the diaries maintained by Pappu could also be asked to join the investigations. The total number of such candidates is said to be more than 200.

Mr Narinder Pal Singh, SSP said that the police had secured arrest warrants against one ‘Saini’ who had been striking deals by inserting advertisements in national and regional dailies. He said police teams would again be dispatched to nab the culprits involved in the racket after procuring fresh warrants against them.

Meanwhile, the CBSE, through an advertisement published today assured people not to be ‘misled’ by the stories or cheated by unscrupulous elements. The advertisement added that all preparations to conduct all India PMT 2003 in 32 cities and at 452 examination centres had been made to ensure ‘completely fair and smooth’ examination.


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