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CBI to hunt for impersonators
Chitleen K Sethi
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 29
With two PGI doctors in the CBI net, the hunt is now on for those who appeared in the entrance test in place of the duo. The impersonators also hold the key to identification of other doctors who might have managed to secure a seat in the PGI and other prestigious institutes across the country after paying a hefty amount to agents.

“The impersonators have to be either doctors or brilliant students already pursuing similar courses,” said CBI chief Mahesh Aggarwal today. He added that the CBI has alerted its teams across the country and was looking at the possibility of several young doctors colluding with the “agents” who run this massive admission racket.

Investigations by The Tribune reveal that the agents have on their rolls both male and female impersonators. However, the availability of female impersonators is less. This became clear during a conversation of The Tribune team with an agent, who said they charge more if the candidate is a female.

The Tribune began its investigations into the scam in July this year after some students in the city received SMSes from agents offering direct admissions to medical colleges in Karnataka, Maharashtra and Bhopal. Some of these SMSes were forwarded to The Tribune following which its team, posing as parents, contacted these agents.

In a conversation, that took place in July, the agent assured The Tribune team that they would help its candidate appear in the pre-medical entrance test in Madhya Pradesh even if the date for sending the application forms has lapsed. The agent asked The Tribune team to send the candidate to Bhopal a few days before the test with Rs 15 lakh and assured that his form would be filled. The roll number would be issued to the candidate the same day and he can sit in the test. His name, they assured, would be in the merit list.

Interestingly, The Tribune team found out that many genuine applicants from the city for the PMET in Madhya Pradesh did not get their roll numbers by post but had to hunt for them in Bhopal a day before the examination.

“There is no need to ask your child to study. The admission would be managed,” said the agent who identified himself as Vipul, a partner of Gaurav, one of the masterminds of the racket.

After The Tribune, the CBI deputed a lady cop to talk to these agents posing as a mother of an aspiring candidate. These conversations, too, were recorded. Gaurav fixed her meeting with Dr Amit Musale (in CBI custody). During the meeting, the price of the seat was settled at Rs 75 lakh. Gaurav then asked the candidate’s “mother” to scan the copy of the application form and send forward it to the e-mail address of their Mumbai-based coaching centre, Career Makers

CBI sources add that Dr Musale decided to “help” Gaurav thinking that he might be able to get Rs 20 lakh, which he had allegedly paid to get a seat in the PGI, back from the agent.

CBI sources said Dr Musale belongs to Nagpur and his father works in a private company, while Dr Sonawane belongs to a family of doctors from Beed in Maharashtra.





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