Chennai: Observing that the fraud (Neet impersonation) may have spread all over India and more students should have got seats by impersonation or duplication by playing fraud throughout the country, the Madras high court has impleaded the Union and state government as parties in a case and posed three queries relating to Neet, to be answered by them.
A division bench comprising Justices N.Kirubakaran and P.Velmurugan posed the queries while hearing an appeal filed by S.Dheeran, an aspiring medical students, which sought to set aside an order of a single judge, dismissing his petition, challenging the selection process for the 207 seats that got reverted to the management quota owing to not getting filled up under the NRI quota.
The bench said it was also brought to the notice of this court by Abdul Saleem, counsel appearing for Selection Committee that two students have been found to be impersonated and got admission in government medical college and three students have got admission in deemed universities and CBCID is investigating the said case. Moreover the fraud should also be spread to all over India ramification and more students should have got seats by impersonation or duplication by playing fraud throughout the country and therefore, the Union Ministry of Human Resources Development, National Testing Agency, State health secretary, the DGP and the Additional Director General of Police, are suo motu impleaded as respondents. Assistant Solicitor General G.Karthikeyan takes notice on behalf of central government and Special government pleader J.Pothiraj takes notice on behalf of the rest. They shall file the details viz., the procedures followed while allowing the students to enter into the examination hall and the procedures followed by the Selection Committee while admitting the students into the hall and whether any communication takes place in the exam hall, the bench added.
The bench directed the CBCID police to give the details relating to the number of students who gained admission by fraudulent methods, how many persons helped them during malpractice and whether government officials or the college administration was also involved in this fraud. "Prima facie, it is clear that without the co-operation of any person, it is impossible for a student to make another person to write his exam. The details shall be in the next hearing", the bench added.
Referring to the main case (NRI quota), the bench said this court by order dated September 27 impleaded private medical colleges to whom the unfilled NRI medical seats have been surrendered. However, it was brought to the notice of this court by M.Velmurugan, counsel for the appellant that further three colleges have also to be impleaded. Hence this court suo motu impleads them as respondents. Notice to the newly impeaded three colleges returnable by October 15. The newly impleaded colleges shall file a list of candidates along with marks and the procedures followed by them to admit those candidates by then, the bench added and posted to October 15, further hearing of the case.