The family went missing after they were accused of hiring an impersonator to write exams and attend classes for Rs 20 lakhs.

TN NEET impersonation case CB-CID arrests student Udit Surya and familyUdit Surya (left) and person who impersonated him (right)
news Crime Thursday, September 26, 2019 - 18:49

The CB-CID wing of the Tamil Nadu police arrested KV Udit Surya and his parents on Thursday in connection with a case of impersonation in NEET exams to secure seat in a medical college in Tamil Nadu. The case came to light after the administration of Theni Medical College conducted an internal verification of documents of first-year students based on a tip-off about the fraud.

An impersonator who had written and cleared NEET exam pretending to be Udit Surya was allotted an MBBS seat in Theni Medical College. 

Udit Surya and his father Dr Venkatesan, who works at the Government Stanley Medical College and Hospital in Chennai, are said to have accepted the offence to the CB-CID police. Speaking to TNM, a source from the CB-CID team that is investigating the case said, “Both father and son have admitted to the malpractice. The father said that he was ready to spend money if it meant securing his son's future. They have paid Rs.20 lakh to another man to write the exam in Mumbai.” However, what is intriguing is that the impersonator attended college in Udit Surya's place, which is normally not the case in exam malpractices.

Adding that the team is yet to identify who wrote the exam on behalf of Udit Surya, the source said that Udit Surya’s family will be remanded immediately. The CB-CID officer also added that in order to avoid such instances in the future, NEET centres will be equipped with biometric verification devices.

The CB-CID police arrested Udit Surya and his family from Tirupati on Wednesday after they went missing from their house in Chennai. The fraud came to light a few days ago, after the Dean of Theni Medical College approached the police to file a complaint against Udit Surya, based on an internal investigation. The college had submitted a report of the probe to the Directorate of Medical Education (DME) which had instructed the college to file a police complaint.

Based on the Dean’s complaint, the Tamil Nadu police had registered an FIR against Udit Surya under sections 120(B) (Criminal conspiracy), 419 (Cheating by personation) and 420 (Cheating and dishonestly inducing delivery of property) of the Indian Penal Code. The Theni Police had also stated that after questioning the candidate, sections 468 (Forgery) and 471 (Using a forged document) may be added to the FIR. The case was transferred to the CB-CID on Monday.

Udit Surya (left) and person who impersonated him (right).

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