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PGI seat scam: Impersonation expert arrested

October 18, 2011

CHANDIGARH: In what officials called a major breakthrough, Central Bureau of Investigation arrested one more accused in the seat-for-sale scam at PGI, Dr Rajni Kant, and sent him to judicial custody for 14 days on Thursday. He works with a Bangalore-based medical institute.

CBI sleuths said Kant was an impersonator and appeared on the behalf of Dr Amit Musale, who managed to obtain admission in paediatrics and pharmacology departments of PGI through fraudulent means in July 2010. Musale was arrested along with Dr Sujay Sonawane, when CBI had unearthed the scam in September 2010.

Alleged mastermind of the scam, Gaurav Shalin, was arrested in August 2011 and he is currently in judicial custody in Model Jail, Burail.

CBI DIG Mahesh Aggarwal said Kant was a qualified doctor and a regular impersonator. Sources in CBI said Shalin had paid a hefty amount to him for appearing on the behalf of Musale. The scam was unearthed when CBI tapped Shalin’s phone calls of and those of some medical aspirants for getting seats in PGI in September 2010.

Dr Pradeep Chaudhary, who had allegedly appeared in PGI’s MD entrance test in place of Sonawane, was arrested from Lady Hardinge Medical College, Delhi, in February this year, CBI officials said. CBI investigation established that Shalin operated mainly in Karnataka, Maharashtra, Punjab, Madhya Pradesh and Haryana. Christian Medical College in Ludhiana and some other colleges in north are also under CBI’s radar.

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