CBI arrested former Odisha HC Judge and four others in a NEET 2017 MBBS admission scam. The CBI raids recovered a sum of ₹ 1.91 crores.
21 September 2017: Another controversy related to NEET 2018 Exam has came into highlight in context with massive corruption involved in NEET MBBS admission process. The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has taken into custody a retired Odisha HC Judge, IM Quddusi, along with four other accused in the case. The defaulters are found to be guilty of helping a barred Uttar Pradesh-based medical trust in MBBS admission process.
CBI also raided other medical institutions in Lucknow, Delhi and Bhubaneshwar after filling a FIR against Quddusi and four others. The team recovered ₹ 1.91 crore during the raids. CBI officials also arrested Palash Yadav and BP Yadav, owners of the Prasad Institute of Medical Sciences, Lucknow, a hawala operator Ram Dev Saraswat and a middleman Vishwanath Agarwal.
The former High Court Judge, Quddusi, was booked under section 8 of the Prevention of Corruption Act. Section 120 of the Indian Penal Code for criminal conspiracy was also charged on Quddusi and four other accused. As per the media reports, Quddusi provided legal advice to owners of the private medical college and also assured them assistance in settling the matter in the Supreme Court.
In July, the Medical Council of India (MCI) has barred more than 50 medical colleges for MBBS admissions in the coming academic year due to lack of adequate facilities and non-compliance with the required criteria. The Lucknow-based medical college involved in the controversy was also included in the list of barred colleges.
It seems like controversies and NEET 2017 Exam are going hand-in-hand. First the issue over different question papers in vernacular languages, Tamil Nadu state government asking for exemption from the exam then a medical aspirant committing suicide as she was unable to secure a medical seat through NEET. And, now this MBBS admission scam surely demands another insight into courts’ orders for the NEET exam.