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A 47-year old dentist from Tamil Nadu has been arrested for allegedly forging his daughter’s National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) score card and a call letter for medical counselling to get admission into an MBBS programme, police said on Saturday. Also Read - Omicron Threat: Singapore Returnee Tests Covid Positive In Tamil Nadu, Doctors Suspect Case of New Variant
The dentist, Balachandran, hailing from Paramakudi in Ramanathapuram district was arrested and produced before a court here, which remanded him to judicial custody on Friday. Also Read - Centre Warns 5 States, 1 UT Amid Rising Covid Cases; Tells Them to Curb Infection, Fatality | Check List Here
A police officer said the dentist has been lodged at the Saidapet sub-jail.
The forgery came to light recently when the father and daughter duo turned up for MBBS admission counselling session held here and produced a ‘call letter’ for counselling and a ‘NEET marksheet’ that showed a score of 610.
On scrutiny, medical admission authorities found that her name did not figure either in the rank chart or call list for counselling.
It was found that the girl had a score of 27 but submitted a forged certificate and similarly, the call letter too was fake. Based on a complaint from authorities, police launched a search and arrested the dentist.
In 2019, a NEET impersonation scam rocked Tamil Nadu and at least nine persons, including medical students were arrested.
A number of ‘aspirants’ allegedly hired ‘expert’ proxies to write NEET on their behalf.
Such hired individuals scored good marks in the test which aided aspirants to get admissions in medical courses.
(With inputs from PTI)