Mumbai: In another case of MBBS seat fraud, an FIR was filed against three persons by the Trombay police for cheating a Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC) scientist of Rs 12.66 lakh on the pretext of getting his daughter an MBBS seat at a well-known Bengaluru-based institute under management quota.
The written complaint was filed by the scientist a few months back against three people from Bengaluru and Delhi. The senior police inspector Rehana Shaikh of the Trombay police station said, “We conducted an inquiry and registered an FIR on Wednesday against the suspects identified as Amit Kumar Agrawal, Rajkamal Agrawal and Mansoor Ali.”
After the scientist’s daughter completed her Class 12 examination, he began searching for medical institutes for her daughter to pursue MBBS and eventually culminated his search at the Kempegowda Institute of Medical Sciences (KIMS) in Bengaluru. The scientist, Shivaji Charan Das reportedly visited the college along with his wife.
The couple visited the college on August 8, 2018, following which they waited in a long queue for an hour before they could meet the concerned officer. However, a person sitting outside told them to keep their phone outside before meeting the officer. Inside, they met Mansoor Ali who introduced himself as medical science administrative officer.
Upon enquiring about his daughter’s admission, the complainant was introduced to two other people sitting inside the office, Amit Kumar and Rajkamal. The duo came out and assured Das that they would arrange a medical seat for his daughter under management quota, which would cost around Rs 25 lakhs, reports the Hindustan Times.
Another police officer associated with the case said, “Das was asked to pay an advance of ₹2 lakhs which he arranged within five hours and gave cash to Amit Kumar and Rajkamal outside the college premises. When the scientist demanded a fee receipt, he was told that it will only be issued after he pays the entire fee amount of ₹25 lakhs.”
After returning to Mumbai, Amit told Das that the rest of the money would be collected by a person from his home, who would show an image of Rs 10 note to him on his Whatsapp. According to the complainant, the fraudsters allegedly were paid Rs 26.50 lakhs in four to five installments. The accused began ignoring Das’s phone calls.
The accused later told Das that his daughter would not get admission as the admission process at the college has stopped due to a legal issue. After that, Das demanded his money back. The complainant later came to know that there was no administrative officer by the name of Mansoor Ali who worked at the college.
The police officer said that the accused initially returned Rs 13.84 lakhs to the complainant between November 2018 and June 2019, but then disappeared without paying the remaining amount of Rs 12.66 lakhs and stopped answering his calls.
The doctor then approached the Tromboy police to file a complaint. Speaking to the Indian Express, Shaikh said, “Three accused have been identified, who are based out of Bengaluru. So far no arrests have been made.” A case of cheating was registered at the police station.