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NEET controversy: Bihar govt suspends 3 PWD officials for hiding facts, alleges involvement of Tejashwi's PS

Following the reported irregularities the Union education ministry sought a report from the Bihar Police's Economic Offences Unit.

Reported By : Nitish Chandra Edited By : Nivedita Dash
Patna
Updated on: June 20, 2024 13:34 IST
Bihar Deputy CM Vijay Sinha
Image Source : INDIA TV Bihar Deputy CM Vijay Sinha

NEET controversy: At least three officials have been suspended in connection with the ongoing NEET controversy. Bihar Deputy Chief Minister Vijay Sinha on Thursday also alleged that RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav's PS is also connected to the controversy. There have been allegations of question paper leaks in states like Bihar and other irregularities in the prestigious exam. Following which the Union education ministry sought a report from the Bihar Police's Economic Offences Unit regarding alleged irregularities.

PWD officials Pradeep Kumar, Dharmendra Kumar Dharamkant (JE), and Superintendent Engineer Umesh Rai have been suspended for appointed without allocation, hiding the facts, misleading the department. 

Bihar Deputy CM Vijay Sinha said, "On May 1, Tejashwi Yadav's personal secretary Pritam Kumar called guesthouse worker Pradip Kumar to book a room for Sikander Kumar Yadavendu... On May 4, Pritam Kumar called Pradip Kumar again for booking the room...  The word 'mantri' was used for Tejashwi Yadav..."

"Tejashwi Yadav should clarify if Pritam Kumar is still his PS and he should also clarify who is Sikander Kumar Yadavendu. When Lalu Prasad Yadav was jailed in Ranchi, Sikander Kumar Yadavendu used to be at Lalu's service... He was a JE in the irrigation department... They play with the future of the people. They do scams when they are in power and they try to influence the appointment process..," he added.

What the arrested aspirants confessed?

Meanwhile, all four arrested aspirants from Bihar have confessed that the question paper for the medical entrance exam was leaked the previous night. The National Testing Agency and the government have been denying that there was a paper leak. Anurag Yadav, Shivanandan Kumar, Abhishek Kumar, Ayush Kumar, who were arrested over the controversy, have confessed that they received the exact questions that were asked in the exam the next day.  According to the arrested aspirants, one Shikander Yadav was instrumental in fixing the paper. 

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