MBBS entrance question paper leak:7 college, 2 prep centre honchos under watch



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In a new development in the medical entrance paper leak, the Commission for Investigation of Abuse of Authority has started probing the operators of seven colleges and entrance preparation centres in the Capital.

The anti-graft body has asked the police to watch them and not to let them leave the Valley. According to CIAA sources, the seven are under surveillance based on the call details of Devi Ram Pandey and Prabhat Kumar Kushwaha, the allegedly mastermind in the MBBS question paper leak from Goldengate College on Saturday. They are found to have had telephone conversations with Pandey and Kushwaha in the past few days. However, the corruption watchdog has not disclosed their names. During a raid in the Nakhipot-based house of Kushwaha on Sunday, the CIAA found Rs 100,000 cash and cheques for Rs 4.5 million.

According to a preliminary probe, Kushwaha raised Rs 1 million each from at least six students promising to make the exam papers available to them in advance.

Deputy Inspector General of Police Pashupati Upadhyay is said to be interrogating Pandey and Kushwaha. Sources say the CIAA’s major priority is to trace the involvement of officials from the Ministry of Education. The anti-graft body has already arrested seven people including two students in the scam. It also raided two entrance preparation centres and the residences of their owners.

Meanwhile, Goldengate College on Monday denied institutional involvement in the crime. The college administration said in a statement that those involved in the case should be booked. The college also relieved Pandey and Khechar Nath Sapkota of responsibilities.

Source: The Kathmandu Post, 9 December