LUDHIANA: PAU police booked two persons for allegedly duping a senior doctor of more than Rs 1 crore on the promise of getting his son enrolled in the Masters of Surgery (MS) course in Christian Medical College and Hospital (CMCH) under the management quota. The accused were identified as NS Sehgal of Sector 71, Mohali and Ankur Sagar of Sector 16 Colony, New Delhi.
In his police complaint, Dr Muhammad Yameen, head of the department and professor of orthopedics at Dayanand Medical College and Hospital (DMCH), said he contacted the “agents” on phone after reading a newspaper advertisement by them in which they claimed that reserve seats are available at CMCH in the management quota. Dr Yameen said he wanted to get his son Haroon Yameen enrolled in MS at CMCH in April, 2015, which the accused promised to do on payment of Rs 1.15 crore.
Dr Yameen said he made the payment but the accused started dithering. In August, he asked them about the status of his son’s admission and they showed him a letter, saying it was from CMCH. He said the accused did not give him the letter but asked him to deposit the fee in CMCH, saying admission has been done. They kept the letter saying they needed it to keep their records updated.
However, when he went to CMCH, authorities told him his son had not been enrolled. Later, he came to know that the letter he had been shown was duplicate. The accused also confessed that they could not secure admission for his son and gave the same in writing.
The complainant said the accused gave him two cheques, which were rejected by banks.
The complainant submitted the application with the police commissioner and he marked it to PAU police station for registration of a case after taking legal opinion. SHO, PAU police station Surinder Kumar said the accused have been booked under sections 420 (fraud), 465 (forgery), 467 (forgery of valuable security, will, etc), 468 (forgery for purpose of cheating), 471 (using as genuine a forged 1[document or electronic record) and 120-B (criminal conspiracy) of the IPC. He said efforts are on to nab the accused, who are at large.
Dr Yameen refused to divulge further details.
No role of agents: CMCH
Christian Medical College and Hospital authorities claimed that there is no role for agents in the admission process. “We have transparent system for admission wherein the process is carried out online even for reserved seats. There is no scope for involvement of any agent in the admission process,” said Param Vir Singh, public relations officer of CMCH.
Legal experts say that the people seeking admission in reserved quota in a medical college should do some home work before giving money to agents.
Amit Tandon, a legal expert, said, “For most of the seats in a medical college, there is a written test where admission is given on merit. But there are seats in reserved quota (around 5-10%) where money transactions occur”.
- Antecedents of the agent who is making claims of getting admission in a medical college. Whether he is really affiliated with the college or not.
- Talk to the college authorities to check whether the college has really made advertisements (either direct or through agents) for admission in reserved quota.
- Get the proper receipt of the payments made to the agent.