Invigilators of the medical entrance test conducted on May 11 by Consortium of Medical, Engineering and Dental Colleges of Karnataka (COMED-K) across the state will be under scrutiny as the Central Crime Branch (CCB) police have already started questioning few of them in connection with the seat-blocking scam.
The CCB sources said verification of the documents recently seized from the COMED-K head office and the examination hall admission tickets seized by the students raises doubt about the involvement of some invigilators in the scam. The police now suspect that the scam network is wide as they also are probing the involvement of some invigilators.
“We found impersonators’ photos in the admission tickets with them and the original one, which is with COMED-K, had different photographs. We have started to question invigilators to know why they allow impersonators to attend the examination. If it happened with one candidate, we could have considered it as by mistake. But it happened for many,” a police officer said.
The CCB police got the list of invigilators deployed for examination duty on the day of the entrance test from COMED-K officials. “We have found many hall tickets have different photographs and we want to question the invigilators, who were on duty, to clear out doubts. Our investigation also reveals that many impersonators escaped to their native places,” police said.
Meanwhile, many students out of the 35 accused were in police custody till Saturday and all of them are now remanded in judicial custody. “All 35 accused candidates were produced in court, which remanded them in judicial custody on Saturday. But, we have taken all nine touts into our custody for few more days for continuation of our investigation,” a police officer said.
The CCB police said they are not aware about any commission formed to look into the COMED-K scam. Higher Education minister RV Deshpande recently told mediapersons that they have constituted a commission to monitor the investigation into the scam.
“We are not aware about any commission till now as no one approached us from the commission,” a senior police officer said.