The Ernakulam Central police probing the MBBS seat fraud has unearthed that Kavitha G Pillai, prime accused in a multi-crore medical seat scam, swindled people to the tune of `2.78 crore. A major portion of the money was used by the accused for leading a luxurious life. According to Ernakulam Central police CI Francis Shelby, the accused spent `1.51 crore within the last three months.
She bought a house worth Rs 1.11 crore and spent Rs 13 lakh on its renovation.
Gold ornaments worth Rs 10 lakh were also bought. She also distributed Rs 11.5 lakh each to her accomplices - Althaf, Nissar and Sivaram. Kavitha gave a total of Rs 1.26 crore to her agents through Advocate Harikrishnan.
“The lawyer must be arrested and questioned for details regarding the sharing of the money,” the police said. According to police, there were 10 complaints registered against Kavitha and eight of these cases were registered at the Ernakulam Central police station, while one was lodged at Parippally station in Kollam and another in Palakkad district.
The police said the accused had started the fraud operation five months ago.
The police, after questioning Kavitha for three days, found that she had entrapped students and their parents by giving an advertisement in a leading Malayalam daily on May 24 this year, offering medical seats through an agency called AKS Kerala. Her agents Harikrishnan and Rashlal, who are absconding now, had helped her in giving the advertisement.
Kavitha has collected Rs 15 lakh to Rs 65 lakh through her agents. She demanded Rs 15 lakh for MBBS seats and Rs 65 lakh for PG seats. According to police, the accused promised seats at Kolenchery, Pushpagiri, Amala, Jubilee and Amritha medical colleges. However, when the police contacted these colleges’ authorities, they got to know that she had no contacts with them, the police said. Kavitha had also convinced the people that she had provided admission to seats at medical colleges at Tiruchirapalli, Chennai, Wayanad and Kollam. These claims were also fake, the police confirmed. The police custody of Kavitha will end on Monday.