Rs 100 Crores Scam in Karnataka’s Medical, Engineering Colleges Shocks the Nation
In one of the most shocking news of the hour, Karnataka’s medical, engineering colleges have come under scanner following an alleged Seat Blocking Scam worth Rs. 100 crores. Police have arrested over 39 impersonators since the revelation.
The scam was exposed during the ComedK competitive examination after the CISF team arrested a few people in connection with the scam at the Bangalore airport.
According to reports, touts would first target ‘vulnerable’ students, who would crack the exam faking a mark sheet. These students were those who couldn’t afford to pay fees in a private college and, thus, agreed to help touts in exchange of money ranging from Rs 1-5 lakh. These students would clear the exam, earn the seats, and surrender it to the college right when it was closing time. The college would then make the seat available to management quota and demand a huge sum as ‘donation’. The amount of donation would range from Rs. 5 lakh to even Rs 1 crore.
“We got several tip-offs from the arrested students following which we raided the ComedK office in Malleshwaram in Bangalore. We seized several important documents and applications which we are scanning to understand how deep this scandal runs. We are also investigating some courier companies where bulk bookings have been made for students from Lucknow, Patna and some from Karnataka too,” AbhishekGoyal, DCP Crime, Bangalore, told to the media.
The news has shocked the nation especially its students who burn the midnight oil to get a seat in the college of their choice.
“We put so much pressure on students to study because entry to a college can make or break their life. And here because of such cases, so many careers are at stake. They should get their right. Education system, mainly higher education in India has become too corrupt,” Deepak Koparde, father of an engineering aspirant Supriya, was quoted as saying.
4 agents of the 39 arrested by the CISF team are believed to have appeared for the exams earlier. However, the master mind is still absconding. Investigating officers are suspecting the involvement of some people from the state’s top colleges.
“We cannot take any names right now and at this stage of investigation it would be premature to add anything more to it. ComedK officials have cooperated well and helping us through the course of investigation,” MrGoyalsaid.
The higher education ministry of Karnataka is also investigating into the matter.