Initial findings in the Investigations into Consortium of Medical, Engineering and Dental Colleges of Karnataka (COMEDK) seat blocking scam reveal thirty students guilty of faking certificates of meritorious students to take up the entrance exam. The remaining thirty five candidates have been verified by the sleuths to be authentic.
Central Crime Branch sleuths from Bangalore travelled to Bihar to verify the identity of the candidates and to cross check the certificates provided to COMEDK. On going to Bihar, the sleuths discovered that the photos on the certificates did not match the candidates. They are yet to ascertain whether the certificates were fabricated or availed on a rental basis.The CCB also issued notices to the candidates and efforts are on to trace them with the help of the Bihar police.
According to Mr. Abishek Goel, Deputy Commissioner of Police (crime), there were around 230 candidates who appeared for the COMEDK examination this year from various States, including Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Jharkhand and Kerala, and efforts are on to verify their credentials. “We are also tracking down the candidates who shared their marks cards with the impersonators to ascertain whether they were part of the scam,” he said.
''A team has already been deputed to verify the credentials of all the candidates that took part in the COMEDK examination this year'', another top official in the investigation stated.
These students from Bihar and Jharkhand were initially apprehended by chance when they were questioned about what they were doing at the Kempegowda International airport by CISF personnel on being asked to produce identification.