PGI scam kingpin gets 8-day police remand

Rajinder Nagarkoti
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 31
The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) today produced the PGI admission scam mastermind Gaurav Shalin before the duty magistrate in the district courts here, which sent him to police remand for eight days.

Gaurav Shalin, who was already declared a proclaimed offender (PO), was arrested outside the CBI office yesterday. His arrest follows the exposure of the multi-crore admission scam by The Tribune on September 28 last year.

Gaurav, the main accused in the scam, was running the entire racket involving admissions in the PGI for MD/MS courses in 2009.

The CBI counsel informed the court that the investigation agency required police remand for the accused as it had to unearth the entire racket. It had to be found if the racket was going on in other colleges of the region as well.

Sources revealed that Christian Medical College, Ludhiana, and a few other colleges of the region would also be under the scanner of the CBI.

On September 28, 2010, the anti-corruption branch of the CBI had arrested two junior resident doctors of the PGI, Dr Amit Musale and Dr Sujay Sonawane, who had allegedly secured admission by paying hefty sums and had cleared the entrance exam with the help of impersonators.

During initial interrogation, Gaurav revealed that he had taken Rs 15 lakh from Dr Amit Musale, Rs 30 lakh from Dr Sujay Sonawane and Rs 35 lakh from Dr Sameer Patel.

According to the CBI, Gaurav had got Amit admitted in MD pharmacology and Sujay in MD paediatrics in the PGIMER, Chandigarh, by using unknown persons to impersonate the duo in the entrance examination.

Amit and Sujay used to convince aspiring candidates about the genuineness of the admission process being used by Gaurav.

Gaurav’s main areas of operation were Karnataka, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Punjab and Haryana, where he along with his partners would send text messages to aspirants for various examinations offering sure shot seats at a certain price. The CBI court has already dismissed the anticipatory bail application filed by co-accused Dr Sameer Kumar Patel. The court, however, granted bail to Amit and Sujay on October 31, 2010.

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