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NEET controversy: Police to interrogate Tejashwi's PS, say sources; accused aspirants bail plea in court today

The Economic Offences Wing (EOW) of Bihar Police had last month arrested 13 people as part of its investigation into the alleged paper leak in NEET-UG 2024. The arrested accused included examinees, their parents and alleged mastermind Sikander Prasad Yadvendu.

Reported By : Nitish Chandra Edited By : Nivedita Dash
Patna
Updated on: June 21, 2024 12:08 IST
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NEET controversy: The Bihar Police's Economic Offences Unit (EoU) is expected to interrogate RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav's PS whose name has come up in the ongoing NEET 'paper leak' controversy. Bihar Deputy Chief Minister Vijay Kumar Sinha on Thursday claimed that the arrested prime suspect in the NEET "paper leak" is linked to officials associated with RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav, prompting the party to dismiss the allegation as a "bundle of lies" meant to divert attention from the demand to cancel the May 5 exam. 

Addressing a press conference, Sinha claimed that the official was in constant touch with Sikander Prasad Yadvendu, the arrested prime accused in the case. "The official associated with Yadav used to arrange accommodation for Sikandar at guest houses in Patna and other places. I have details of messages which the official had sent to the persons concerned for arranging accommodation for Sikandar," the deputy chief minister said.

Sources indicated that the Economic Offences Unit (EOU), which examined two more suspects on Wednesday, was presented with material evidence during the investigation. The EOU has already recovered post-dated cheques suspected to have been issued in favour of mafia or gang members who allegedly demanded over Rs 30 lakh from each candidate seeking the leaked question paper ahead of last month's exam, sources said.

Meanwhile, the bail plea of the arrested aspirants will be heard in court on Friday. Amid the ongoing controversy over the National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET), all four arrested aspirants from Bihar have confessed that the question paper for the medical entrance exam was leaked the previous night. 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.

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