Candidates from outside Gujarat told to show addresses in Vadodara

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Several NEET-UG candidates from states like Odisha, Bihar, Maharashtra, Rajasthan, and Uttar Pradesh, who appeared for their exam at a center in Gujarat’s Godhra, were allegedly instructed to choose Gujarati as their exam language. This directive was purportedly to facilitate local individuals to fill out answer sheets, according to the CBI seeking custody of the accused in a Gujarat court.

Additionally, these candidates were reportedly told to register their permanent addresses as either Panchmahal or Vadodara. The CBI’s investigation into suspected malpractices at two exam centers indicated that both were controlled by the same operators. The accused allegedly contacted candidates from various states through different channels.

The CBI has detained five of the six suspects, including Dixit Patel, the proprietor of Jai Jalaram School in Godhra, one of the designated NEET-UG exam centers on May 5. Patel was apprehended on June 30 from his residence, accused of demanding Rs 10 lakh from each student for ensuring their success in the NEET-UG exam.

Taking over the case from the Gujarat police, the CBI is now focusing on uncovering “interstate links” as part of a wider conspiracy related to alleged irregularities in the medical entrance exam. The CBI has filed six FIRs and arrested a total of 11 individuals. One FIR from Bihar addresses allegations of paper leaks, while others from Gujarat, Rajasthan, and Maharashtra involve charges related to candidate impersonation and fraud.

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