Telangana medical seats scam: Sleuths trace back corrupt practices to 2013

SATS officials have been allegedly indulging in issuing recommendation letters to candidates for securing medical seats in government and private colleges

Published: 15th June 2018 04:08 AM  |   Last Updated: 15th June 2018 04:08 AM   |  A+A-

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Express News Service

HYDERABAD: While the Anti Corruption Bureau (ACB) sleuths are digging deeper into the alleged irregularities at Sports Authority of Telangana State (SATS) in issuing priority letters to students for securing medical seats under sports quota, the agency’s investigators have obtained leads that the SATS officials have misused their powers since 2013.

After receiving a fresh complaint on Wednesday regarding misuse of powers in issuing recommendation letters under NCC quota, by allegedly accepting kickbacks, investigators have come across instances where a student, who was part of NCC and had failed to perform well in volunteer service, had obtained recommendation letters from SATS officials and secured medical seat under NCC quota.

Sources told Express that some SATS officials have been indulging in such irregularities since 2013 by issuing recommendation letters to the candidates for securing medical seats in government and private colleges.

“A fresh complaint was received from a practicing advocate regarding the irregularities in Sports Authority. In the plaint, the advocate, who has been fighting over misuse of powers by members of selection committee in issuing recommendation letters under NCC quota and submitted available evidences,’’ sources said.

During the academic year 2013-14, 2014-15 and 2015-16, the same corruption activities have taken place in sports authority. A senior officer told that they would inquire into the allegations made and submitted to agency in writing. After inquiries, stern action will be initiated against those who indulged in illegal activities. In each academic year, as many as 20 students obtained admissions under NCC quota.

As part of preliminary inquiries, the agency is likely to ask the SATS officials to submit list of candidates/students who obtained admissions in medical seats under NCC quota and details of officers who issued recommendation letters to the students. After inquiring into the allegations, the agency is likely to prepare a comprehensive report and would submit to the NCC officials.

Earlier, ACB officials registered Prevention of Corruption Act cases on Sports Authority Deputy Director Venkata Ramana for violating rules in issuing priority letters to students under sports quota. Following fresh complaint, they are likely to question the accused officer in connection with irregularities.

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