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CBI conducts searches at seven locations in Gujarat in NEET-UG paper leak case

CBI conducts searches at seven locations in Gujarat in NEET-UG paper leak case

The CBI conducted searches at seven locations in Gujarat in the NEET-UG paper leak case, officials said on Saturday.

They said the operation began in the morning with suspects spread across four districts — Anand, Kheda, Ahmedabad and Godhra.

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Friday arrested the principal and deputy principal of a school in Jharkhand’s Hazaribagh and a journalist with a Hindi newspaper in connection with the National-Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test – Undergraduate (NEET-UG) paper leak, officials said.

Ehsanul Haque, principal of Oasis School, has been appointed Hazaribagh city coordinator for the medical entrance examination conducted by the National Testing Agency (NTA) on May 5, they said.

Vice Principal Imtiaz Alam was appointed as NTA observer and center coordinator for Oasis School, the officials said, adding that the CBI also questioned five more people from the district in connection with the leak.

Jamaluddin Ansari, the journalist, was arrested for allegedly trying to help the director and deputy director, officials said Saturday.

The CBI has registered six FIRs in the NEET-UG paper leak case, including its own FIR based on a referral from the Ministry of Education and five of the states where it has taken over the investigation.

The investigating agency has taken up one case each in Bihar and Gujarat and three in Rajasthan.

NEET-UG is conducted by the NTA for admission to MBBS, BDS, AYUSH and other related courses in government and private institutions.

This year’s exam was conducted on May 5 at 4,750 centres in 571 cities, including 14 abroad. Over 23 lakh candidates appeared in the test.

The first CBI FIR was registered on June 23, a day after the ministry announced that it would hand over the probe into the alleged irregularities in the conduct of the exam to the central agency.