NEET-UG 2024: Kingpin of paper leak at large as BJP, RJD spar over another accused

On the political front, RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav on Friday alleged that an attempt was being made to protect the kingpins in the paper leak case.
Congress workers protest over irregularities in NEET-UG, in Agartala on Friday.
Congress workers protest over irregularities in NEET-UG, in Agartala on Friday.Photo | PTI

NEW DELHI/PATNA : The Supreme Court has refused to defer the counselling date, which is to kickstart on July 6, of the NEET-UG 2024 exam, after noting that it is not an “open and shut” process.

The apex court issued notices to the National Testing Agency (NTA), Centre and others seeking their replies after hearing a petition seeking cancellation of the exam over the alleged irregularities.

The NTA, under fire over the lapses in the conduct of NEET and UGC-NET, is gearing up to conduct on Sunday a retest for the medical entrance exam for 1,563 candidates who were earlier awarded grace marks to make up for the loss of time at six centres.

On the political front, RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav on Friday alleged that an attempt was being made to protect the kingpins in the paper leak case.

Demanding immediate cancellation of NEET-UG 2024, Tejashwi said: “The Deputy CM can summon my PA or PS, interrogate him and arrest him if guilty, where is the problem?” asked Tejashwi.

The RJD also shared a photo of another accused, Amit Anand, with deputy chief minister Samrat Choudhary.

Congress workers protest over irregularities in NEET-UG, in Agartala on Friday.
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Meanwhile, the Economic Offences Unit (EOU) of Bihar police have intensified raids to arrest Sanjeev Mukhiya alias Lutan, said to be the kingpin of an inter-state ‘solver gang’ suspected to be involved in the NEET-UG question paper leak.

On Friday, a team of EOU officials conducted a raid at Mukhiya’s Nagarnausa residence in Nalanda district but he could not be arrested. The raiding team inquired about Mukhiya’s whereabouts from the family members and returned to Patna. The EOU is still groping in the dark.

Mukhiya’s son Dr Shiv Kumar alias Bittu is already languishing in Beur Central Jail in Patna for his involvement in BPSC TRE 3.0 (Bihar Teacher Recruitment Examination) paper leak case. The EOU officials questioned Shiv, who has done his MBBS from Rishikesh-based medical college in the NEET paper leak case.

Dr Shiv is learnt to have revealed that his father Sanjeev Mukhiya is the brain behind the NEET question paper leak.

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