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Tamil film producer Madhan , who went missing on May 28, collected crores from students aspiring to pursue MBBS and PG (medicine) courses before disappearing, sources in Tamil Nadu police have said. They have added that at least six parents have filed complaints in this regard.
Before he went missing, Madhan reportedly wrote to his friends, saying that he was going to attain ‘Samadhi’ in Varanasi. The letter purportedly said Madhan worked as an admission agent for the SRM group. While Madhan’s Facebook profile has selfies with SRM group owner T R Pachamuthu and his family, Pachamuthu has said he had no link with Madhan and that he was not responsible for the film producer’s “wrongdoings”.
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A police officer said they were probing this aspect, even as Madhan continues to remain missing. “We have identified two locations Madhan visited after he left Chennai. One is in Varanasi and other is Bagadpur in UP. A SIM card he procured from UP is switched off. He collected crores from students but failed to ensure their admission. He will be arrested soon. We suspect he asked his close ones to file a missing complaint when the students’ parents started protesting,” said a senior officer. After Madhan went missing, some parents staged a protest outside Pachamuthu’s house last week.
“We have found that Madhan had been selling MBBS seats for more than Rs 60 lakh each and PG (medicine) seats for at least Rs 1 crore each. Complaints filed by six parents against him reveal that he collected money this year too, but failed to ensure the admissions,” the officer said.
Madhan’s wife Sindhu told police that some people in SRM group were not happy with his association with Pachamuthu and alleged that they might be behind his disappearance.
Last week, Madhan’s mother Thangam addressed a press meet and sought help from CM J Jayalalithaa in finding him. A division bench that heard the habeas corpus plea moved by Thangam asked police to combine the missing case and the complaints about the “education scam”.