Telangana orders CID probe into EAMCET paper leakage

Hyderabad, July 20 (IANS) The Telangana police chief on Wednesday ordered a CID probe into alleged leakage of question paper of TS EAMCET-II, conducted for admissions to medical courses.

Director General of Police (DGP) Anurag Sharma asked the Crime Investigation Department (CID) to conduct an inquiry into the allegations that large scale irregularities took place.

The police chief ordered the inquiry after EAMCET (Engineering, Agriculture and Medicine Common Entrance Test) convenor N.V. Ramana Rao, met him and made a request.

Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University (JNTU), which conducted the exam, also ordered an internal probe.

The action came after parents and students’ groups staged a protest. Activists of Students’ Federation of India (SFI), All India Students’ Federation (AISF) and other groups on Wednesday morning staged a sit-in at JNTU, demanding probe by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI).

The students’ groups and parents raised doubts after many meritorious students failed to get good rank while students who did not perform well in EAMCET-I secured top ranks.

Deputy Chief Minister K. Srihari, who holds the education portfolio, and Minster for Medical and Health C. Laxma Reddy said a departmental inquiry had also been ordered following the complaints.

EAMCET II for admissions into MBBS and BDS courses in Telangana was conducted on July 9. Out of 50,961 students appeared for the exam, 47,644 were qualified.

Telangana had to hold EAMCET for the second time this year as the results of the exam held on May 15 were not taken into consideration for admission into medical courses in the wake of the Supreme Court order on National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET).

The Centre issued an ordinance on May 24 allowing states to conduct their own entrance test for admissions into medical courses for the current academic year.

–IANS

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