CBI books 2 IAS officers in Medical admission scam

New Delhi: The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has booked two IAS officers —former health secretary of Puducherry Dr B R Babu and chairman of central admission committee Narendra Kumar in a major corruption scandal in Puducherry.

They have allegedly denied genuine candidates medical admissions and benefiting ineligible ones.

The CBI has also booked 11 others, including government officials in the Union territory and directors of private medical colleges.

The probe examined denial of admission to eligible students in post-graduate medical courses and allocating the seats at exorbitant “rates” to others.

In its FIR registered on Monday, CBI named health director of Puducherry Dr Raman, CENTAC convenor V Govindraj, joint convenor K Pajaniradja and coordinator Jonathan Daniel other than Kumar and Babu who is now Pondicherry University registrar.

Officials of three self-financing medical colleges and four deemed medical universities have also been booked. The anti-corruption agency claims 96 eligible students could not get admission because of the conspiracy and private colleges admitted ineligible students by taking fees ranging from Rs 40-50 lakh.

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