The EAMCET-leakage scam has been burning in the state of Telangana in the last couple of weeks; with the leak of the medical entrance exam paper recently. The scam, involving an amount Rs. 50 crores, has affected around 50,000 students in the state; who now might have to write the exam for the third time. Here’s taking a look at what it is all about.
Why was TS EAMCET conducted twice so far?
The EAMCET exam for medical and agriculture students that was conducted on 15th May – in which around one lakh students appeared – was cancelled due to the confusion over National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET). Subsequently, a second exam was held on 9th July for which 50,000 students appeared.
What exactly is the scam?
The paper was leaked by 52-year old Shaik Raheem alias Ramesh who contacted 14 students claiming that he has question papers of the exam. He collected Rs. 1.73 crores in total with Rs.15-20 lakhs from each student and took them to a resort in Pune where he gave three sets of EAMCET-II (Medical) questions and answers.
G Ravi, the parent of a student in Warangal probed into this after his daughter had appeared for the exam and he noticed that some of her classmates had secured marks better than what their academic track record suggested. He found out the common link between all the ‘academically weak’ students who had done well. “All those students had gone missing in the week before the exam,” said Ravi.
Parents of hundreds of students got to the streets at various places in protest against the leak.
What did the Investigating Agencies do?
The Telangana CID claims to have solved the case by taking Shaik Raheem and four other suspects into custody. “We interrogated many of the suspected students and could establish that the exam paper was indeed leaked before the date and time of exam. The students were given practise with both sets of question papers with 320 questions and their correct answers were provided to them. This happened for 2-3 days before the exam,” said Satyanarain, Telangana’s CID chief.
CID sources say that an advance of Rs 10 lakh was paid before the students were taken to the secret location.
As a late development, the TRS Government cancelled the EAMCET-II examination after DGP Anurag Sharma placed the report in the hands of CM K. Chandrasekhar Rao and the CM ordered that the exam should be cancelled and a re-test should be conducted.