NEET-UG Row: CBI Arrests Two Individuals From Bihar For Providing Anwer Keys To Students

In a recent development in the NEET paper leak case, the Central Bureau of Investigation made its first arrests in relation to the case

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The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has made its first arrests in relation to the NEET-UG paper leak row. In an update on Thursday, the CBI detained two individuals from Patna, Bihar named Manish Prakash and Ashutosh Kumar. The two individuals were also presented before the court regarding the paper leak case.

The Two Took Students To A School, Provided Answer Keys Along With Safe Premises

As per sources, Manish Prakash accommodated the transportation of students in his car a day before the exam and suspectedly arranged an empty school for them. There, at least two dozen students were provided with the leaked question papers and answer keys that the students were supposed to memorize. Ashutosh on the other hand, facilitated safe premises at his residence for the students before the examination.

Ashutosh Confesses On TV, Tells Administration He Made A Mistake Of Letting Partner Manish Stay

Manish and Ashutosh were called in for questioning on Thursday, June 27, following which they were arrested. According to an India Today report, Ashutosh Kumar confessed to his crime on television in talks with AajTak. He said that his partner Manish Prakash brought seven boys to the safe premises on the night of May 4, he later witnessed fifteen students in the room the next morning on May 5. Ashutosh explained that he turned off his phone after he got to know that the safe house was raided and spoke with the administration through his wife’s phone, confessing that he had made the mistake of letting Manish stay and bring in students at the house.

CBI Registers Six FIRs Regarding The Case After Aspirants’ Demands To Investigate

Before this, the police had taken a few people into custody from Bihar, Maharashtra, and Delhi including an aspirant who confessed to having a copy of the question paper by him before the exam. The CBI has so far registered six FIRs regarding the NEET paper leak case, the first being registered on Sunday, June 23, a day after the Ministry of Education handed over the case to the agency. This happened as a result of demands from students across the nation to conduct extensive investigations into the disruptions and irregularities observed in this year’s NEET examination.

About The Exam

The 2024 NEET-UG examination was conducted on May 5, for admissions in undergraduate medical courses. The exam is conducted every year by the National Testing Agency (NTA). The exam was held at 4750 centres in 571 cities including 14 cities abroad. Over 23 lakh students appeared for the exam. The results were announced on June 4.

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