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Cheques of Rs 4 crore seized from the office of ‘NEET 2017 paper leak’ kingpin

Each student paid this gang up to Rs 30 lakh for admission in medical colleges

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May 14, 2017, 5:40 pm

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Some of the accused men arrested in connection with NEET-2017 paper leak in Jaipur.

Jaipur: Rajasthan anti-terrorist squad (ATS) seized cheques of nearly Rs 4 crore from Uma Shankar Gupta, the alleged kingpin of the racket involved in the ‘NEET-2017 paper leak’. The seizure has given credence to the reports that the gang had a country-wide network that took hefty amounts of money from students in the name of admission in medical colleges.

“Several cheques, each with entries of lakhs of rupees, were seized from the office and house of Uma Shankar. When other members of the gang were arrested earlier, Uma Shankar managed to destroy incriminating documents, but he kept the cheques,” said a senior ATS officer. Uma Shankar was arrested from Delhi on Friday.

The cheques had been provided by the family members of students in Delhi, Bihar and Jaipur.

The students who paid the gang members were from affluent families.

Uma Shankar was produced in a court that remanded him in five-day police custody for further interrogation.

He would be interrogated face-to-face with students who were detained and later released by the ATS when the agency arrested five members of the gang last week.

It is alleged that each student paid up to Rs 30 lakh to get admission in medical colleges.

Marksheets of many students and other documents were seized from the possession of Uma Shankar, SP ATS Vikas Kumar said.

Uma Shankar has been arrested for medical entrance paper leaks in Shimla in 2006 and Telangana in 2015 also.

“He is a habitual criminal. His brother also has a police record. Umashankar and his brother Ashok are partners who run a paper leak gang,” said the officer.

Those who were earlier arrested are Vikram Singha, his brother   Vikas Kumar Sinha, Bhupendra Sharma, Ashok Gupta and Rahul. Vikram and Vikas was living in Sun & Moon Apartments in Vidhyadhar Nagar’s Sector – 5. They hail from Savitri Nagar in Delhi. Bhupendra Sharma was an employee at the state government’s animal husbandry department.

The gang was selling papers to NEET aspirants through an office – Edu Guides and Edu Target Consultancy Private Limited – in Jaipur’s Ganpati Plaza. The paper seized from this gang was, however, found not to be matching with the actual paper.

First published: May 14, 2017