A day after Udit Surya and his parents were arrested for hiring a proxy candidate to write and clear the NEET exam in Tamil Nadu, the CB-CID police have detained more students and an agent under suspicion of impersonation, blowing the lid off a larger racket that could be spread across the country.
As per reports, the tip-off about a larger racket came from Udit Surya himself, who had reportedly informed the police about other students who had also secured MBBS seats in Tamil Nadu by hiring a proxy to write the NEET exams outside the state.
Armed with this information, the CB-CID picked up three more first-year medical students, including a girl, who are pursuing their MBBS in colleges in and around Chennai. The fathers of the students have also been picked up, reports say. An agent, George Joseph, has also been arrested by the CB-CID from Thiruvananthapuram for having helped Udit Surya arrange a proxy to appear for NEET exam on his behalf.
Reports also stated that George Joseph collected Rs 20 lakh from Udit Suryaâ€™s father Dr Venkatesan to arrange for somebody else to write NEET on behalf of Udit Surya. Two of the detained students got impersonators to write NEET in Delhi and Uttar Pradesh for them. The police are also on the lookout for two more agents connected to the scam.
The CB-CID arrested Udit Surya and his parents from Tirupati on Thursday after they went missing from their house in Chennai. Udit Surya had allegedly secured an MBBS seat in Theni Medical College after someone else wrote and cleared NEET exam for him in Mumbai. The scam came out in the open after the Dean of the college carried out an internal probe reverifying the documents of the first-year students based on an e-mail tip-off he received regarding the scam.
During the internal probe, the college authorities realised that the person whose photo was on Udit Suryaâ€™s NEET admit card and the Udit Surya who was attending classes in the college were different. The college filed a police complaint based on the probe, on the advice of the Directorate of Medical Education.