NEET Impersonation case: HC orders SRM university to give Transfer, Conduct Certificates to Accused MBBS Student
Madurai: In the latest development, the Madras High Court has given directions to Chennai-based SRM University to provide the student accused of NEET impersonation with transfer and conduct certificates. The order by the High Court has come after the student filed a petition to get back his school transfer and conduct certificates.
The HC bench consisting of Justice R Tharani had opined that following the student's admission in another college, it had been the duty of the University to provide him with those certificates. However, the University may mention the pending criminal case against the petitioner in the conduct certificate.
Medical Dialogues had earlier reported this impersonation scam wherein the Theni Medical College's medico was booked under IPC Sections 419, 420, and 120 (B) for alleged impersonation in NEET. The matter was forwarded to the Selection Committee of the Directorate of Medical Education (DME) and the cops on the basis of the complaint filed by the Theni Medical College Dean Dr. AK Rajendran.
The investigation into the matter kept on unfolding unexpected twists, wherein a doctor, who was allegedly liaisoned with an agent who facilitated the impersonation; a Keralite agent; three more MBBS students and their parents also fell under the scanner of the CB-CID.
Several deliberations were made thereafter.
Later, the first student accused in the NEET impersonation case had moved the Madurai Bench of the Madras High Court seeking a direction to the CB-CID to return his certificates that were taken for the investigation, as he had wanted to pursue higher studies.
He sought to return his certificates as he wanted to pursue an undergraduate course in Chennai. The petitioner said that at the time of inquiry, the CB-CID officials had taken custody of his mobile phone and other documents such as his Class X and Class XII mark sheets, transfer certificate and community certificate.
Following his petition in 2020, the HC had ordered to return his Classes X and XII mark sheets. However, when the petitioner had asked for the transfer certificate produced before the Theni judicial magistrate (JM) court, the court refused to return it on the ground that those documents had been of no use as they had been produced during his admission in the MBBS course
Thereafter, the student, asking for his certificates had submitted a revised petition before the court and had challenged the order of the Theni JM court.
The additional public prosecutor had contended that the petitioner had been admitted in an MBBS course in SRM University, and naturally the transfer and conduct certificates had been useless afterward.
However, during the course of the hearing, the HC had suo motto impleaded the SRM University as a respondent in the case. TOI adds that the counsel for the university had submitted before the court that since the student had discontinued the course, they had no problem issuing the transfer and conduct certificate mentioning the pending criminal case against the student, reports the Times of India.