August 31, 2010

Medical entrance scam busted in J-K

In a shocking exclusive exposé, candidates were caught impersonating kins of the wealthy and the powerful, including the daughter of a current cabinet minister and the son of a former minister in the entrance exams of Acharya Sri Chander College of Medical Sciences.

The seven youngsters arrested for impersonating in a medical entrance examination of the elite Acharya Sri Chander College of Medical Sciences (also known as Batra Medical College) near Jammu, are those booked for taking exams on behalf of relatives of individuals holding high profiles such as Huma Tabussum, daughter of state's cabinet minister for roads and buildings, G.M. Saroori, Lovish Bharat son of former minister of the National Conference Ram Pal, and Sihla Kumar, son of a senior doctor based in Greater Kailash in Delhi.

The impersonators are all medical aspirants, belonging to families with low incomes in Uttar Pradesh and Bihar. These youngsters took up the task for a meagre Rs 25,000. The culprits, however, seem to be those in power, who misused money and position for the murky deal.

Despite documentary evidence available with CNN-IBN, Cabinet Minister G.M. Saroori has denied any connection with the scam, calling it a “misinformation campaign by vested interests to tarnish his image.” He also stated that his daughter is a student of Humanities and not a medical aspirant.

The police, meanwhile, have booked all seven impersonators, candidates and two staff members of the medical college. The case is now being handed over to the CBI, while demands for resignation of the cabinet minister are on.

Although the cabinet minister and the hospital management have refused to comment on camera, their ominous silence exposes the ugly underbelly of the medical education in the country.

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