CBI arrests five in nationwide raid against Munna Bhai MBBS

New Delhi, 20 March-2014(IANS): In a nationwide raid conducted against fake doctors, the CBI said Thursday it arrested five people for obtaining fraudulent registration certificate from Medical Council of India (MCI) and registered a case against eight doctors.

CBI arrests five in nationwide raid against Munna Bhai MBBS

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The case registered is against eight doctors and some unknown officials of MCI as well as other people. The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) said information pertaining to this scam was received and intelligence was developed before filing an FIR against eight doctors who claimed they had medical degrees from Russia and China.

The doctors, who were possessing a primary medical qualification awarded by MCI, in conspiracy with unknown officials of MCI, obtained false permanent registration certificate issued by it.

“This was allegedly done on the basis of false documents and false entries made in the computers of the MCI’s registration section,” said a CBI official. The official said that as per the rules prevailing in India, the doctors who receive primary medical qualification degree by medical institutions abroad are required to pass a mandatory screening test in India to get the permanent registration certificates to practice here.

“In the present case, the accused doctors had not allegedly cleared the said screening test conducted by the National Board of Examinations,” said the official.

During inquiry, it came to light that the fake registration certificates were generated by the MCI in respect of the accused doctors and the same were dispatched to them in a hurried manner. The agency Thursday conducted raids at the offices and residences of the doctors and some MCI officials.

The raids were conducted at more than 12 places across the country including Asansol in West Bengal, Meerut in Uttar Pradesh, Chhatrapur in Madhya Pradesh, Aurangabad in Maharashtra, Thiruvanthapuram and Kollan in Kerala, Vadodra, Mehsana and Ahmedabad in Gujarat and also at Chhattisgarh.

“The investigation so far has revealed a chain of middlemen who allegedly used to charge huge amounts as bribes from the accused doctors for further payments to MCI officials for issuance of such false registration certificates,” said the official.

According to CBI, the arrested people told its sleuths that they paid upto Rs. 20 lakh for getting registration from MCI.

One Response to CBI arrests five in nationwide raid against Munna Bhai MBBS

  1. Another such coverage was come lime light a few months ago
    In Munna bhai MBBS, Sanjay Dutt coerced a top-notch doctor to write the medical entrance exam for him. The doctors who cheated their way through the All-India Post Graduate Medical Entrance Examination conducted by AIIMS took a considerably more tech-savvy route. Not for them strong-arm methods, they used a lightweight gadget for their under-handed operations.

    The gadget in question is DocuPen, a small, extremely powerful pen-size scanner, which was used to leak the question papers. Though CBI sleuths have so far zeroed in on only 28 doctors who allegedly used the scanners, they don’t rule out the involvement of others.

    Explaining the modus operandi, a CBI official said the accused doctors had scanned the entire question paper with the help of DocuPens. Though the device is small enough to be easily smuggled in, it is also powerful enough to scan a full page in just four seconds, making it ideal for the task.

    The accused then transferred the scanned data to their mobile phones using Bluetooth technology, and sent out the paper to their ‘contacts’ through multimedia messaging.

    The contacts, sitting in Pondicherry and Madurai, immediately solved the questions and sent the answers to candidates taking the exam at the Chennai and Delhi centres through SMS.

    Mobile phones were not allowed in the exam hall, but the accused managed to bring them in. Interestingly, the phones also remained unnoticed throughout the examination.

    The investigating agency came to know of this innovative method while questioning the four alleged kingpins (all doctors) of the paper leak case on Thursday. All four were arrested by the CBI following raids at their residences. While two of them – P Satish Kumar and Vijay Kannan – are doing their post-graduation from Madurai Medical College and JIPMER, Pondicherry respectively – the remaining two – Ravi Kannan and N Bhasker – have completed their post-graduation from JIPMER.

    CBI officials alleged that the four arrested doctors were the masterminds behind the paper leak racket, though others may also be involved. They are also probing whether the examination papers were leaked in previous years as well. Meanwhile, exam authorities have their work cut out to ensure there are no copycat crimes.

    Source: The Times of India