AIIMS entrance test fraud: Court convicts Bihar native

NEW DELHI, June 19: A Bihar native has been held guilty of committing cheating, forgery and impersonation for writing the entrance test for another person for a paramedical course at All India Institute of Medical Sciences in 2001.
Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Shailendra Malik convicted Alok Kumar for impersonating as another Bihar native Rajiv Kumar and appearing for the entrance test for AIIMS BSc (Hons) Paramedical course for him.
“I conclude that CBI has established that it was accused Alok Kumar who appeared in examination of BSc (H) Paramedical course of AIIMS and impersonated as accused Rajiv Kumar,” the court said convicting him for the offence of impersonation, cheating and forgery under the Indian Penal Code.
The CBI had chargesheeted Alok Kumar along with Rajiv Kumar for cheating, forgery and impersonation.
Rajiv, however, had pleaded guilty under the provisions of the plea bargaining during the trial on March 26, 2010 and was sentenced to two months imprisonment on September 9, 2010.
He was also directed to pay a compensation of Rs 25,000 to the state.
The probe agency had chargesheeted the duo on a written complaint by erstwhile AIIMS Director P K Dave, who had in a letter dated August 14, 2001 alleged that during the entrance examination for BSc (Hons) Paramedical course which took place on June 26, 2001 at a school here, eight instances of impersonation were detected by the counselling committee.
He alleged that the instances appear to be systematic, preplanned and organised action on part of some mischievous persons to obtain admission by unscrupulous means for consideration to destroy the sanctity of examination at AIIMS and to cheat persons.
The letter was enclosed with eight instances of cheating including one candidate namely accused Rajiv and that he admitted his guilt before the counselling committee.
A probe into the complaint revealed that Rajiv had applied for the AIIMS paramedical course. He then conspired with Pankaj and Alok for writing his examination.
Pankaj and Alok visited Delhi on June 26, 2001 and stayed at a hotel in Paharganj. The next day they visited the examination centre and Alok appeared in the examination impersonating himself as Rajiv.
In the examination, Rajiv was among the 29 candidates declared successful. In response to a call letter for counselling, Rajiv appeared before the counselling committee of AIIMS.
During counselling, the members got suspicious and when Rajiv was subjected to details of written examination, he admitted his guilt that he himself did not appear in the examination.
It also came to light that Pankaj had approached Alok and asked him to appear in examination in place of Rajiv. Since Pankaj is at large, the charge sheet was filed against Alok and Rajiv. (PTI)


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