NEET 2022 cheating scam: Delhi court releases three accused, slams CBI for delay

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A Rouse Avenue court on Monday granted bail to three accused arrested for impersonating genuine candidates in the NEET entrance exam. It slammed the CBI for the delay in investigating genuine candidates.

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While granting bail to the three accused in the case, Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate (ACMM) Deepak Kumar said, “It appears that the investigation in the present case is being conducted without the will and fancy supervision of the IO (Investigating Officer). By his superiors.”

In its statement, the court said, “Till date, virtually no inquiry has been conducted from the genuine candidates who appeared for the NEET-UG examination, 2022 on July 17, who were impersonated by the co-accused persons in the present FIR of the case. Only one Arshad Investigation has been conducted on Malik and Smriti Rai who were genuine candidates and Arvind Kumar Rai i.e. father of Smriti Rai who was scheduled to appear in NEET-UG examination, 2022.”

The court further reprimanded the CBI for doing nothing about information on hawala operators received from accused Pappu Singh. No progress has been made in tracing the devices used to take printouts of the morphed photos sent by co-accused Sushil Ranjan to Pappu Singh.

While granting bail to the three accused, the ACMM noted that investigation of the accused is complete in view of recovery of information from them and expiry of judicial custody. Therefore, there is no purpose to remand the accused/applicants in judicial custody, the court said. Hence, it granted bail on personal bonds to the accused namely Sushil Ranjan, Pappu Singh and Uma Shankar Gupta. 50,000 each with one surety.

Lawyer Hemant Shah represented accused Uma Shankar in the case.

This month in July, the CBI busted a racket during the National Eligibility Entrance Test (NEET) 2022. The National Testing Agency (NTA) conducts the exam for students interested in pursuing undergraduate medical courses. At that time CBI arrested several members including accused Rajapin from Delhi and Haryana. NEET UG-2022 was conducted on July 17 in offline mode.

According to the CBI, Delhi residents, Sushil Ranjan, Brij Mohan Singh, Pappu, Uma Shankar and a few others, unnamed, used to arrange solvers used to appear in the NEET examination posing as genuine candidates at various centers in Delhi and Haryana. In return they demanded huge amount of money from genuine candidates.

(with input from ANI)

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