NEET-UG paper leak case: CBI arrests co-conspirator from Jharkhand’s Dhanbad

The CBI is currently probing incidents of paper leak and corruption in the NTA held NEET-UG exam at several centres in Bihar and Gujarat.


Published Jul 04, 2024 | 8:28 AM Updated Jul 04, 2024 | 8:29 AM

CBI arrests co conpirator in NEET UG paper leak case

The CBI arrested an alleged co-conspirator in the NEET-UG paper leak case – Aman Singh – from Dhanbad in Jharkhand, officials said on Wednesday, 3 July.

The CBI had intelligence about the Jharkhand-based module, allegedly involved in the paper leak that resulted in the arrest of Singh, they said.

The agency had earlier arrested the principal and vice principal of Hazaribagh-based Oasis school in the case and two persons who allegedly provided safe premises to NEET candidates where burnt question papers were recovered by Bihar Police, the officials said.

The CBI has registered six FIRs in the case. The FIR from Bihar pertains to leakage of paper while remaining from Gujarat and Rajasthan pertains to impersonation of candidates and cheating.

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The agency’s own FIR on a reference from the Union Education Ministry pertains to a “comprehensive investigation” into alleged irregularities in the medical entrance examination.

NEET-UG is conducted by the National Testing Agency (NTA) for admissions to MBBS, BDS, AYUSH, and other related courses in government and private institutions. This year, the exam was conducted on May 5 at 4,750 centres in 571 cities, including 14 abroad. More than 23 lakh candidates had appeared for the test.

Initially expected on 14 June, the results were announced on 4 June due to an early completion of answer-sheet evaluation. Allegations of irregularities, including paper leaks, have led to protests in several cities and sparring between rival political parties.

The CBI is currently probing incidents of paper leak and corruption in the NTA held examinations at several centres in Bihar and Gujarat.

Meanwhile, the NTA has released new dates for holding the cancelled UGC-NET examination, Joint CSIR-UGC NET and National Common Entrance Test (NCET) which were earlier postponed.

UGC NET will be conducted afresh from 21 August to 4 September. Joint CSIR-UGC NET will be held between 25-27 July, while NCET will be conducted on 10 July.

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