Man held for duping CET candidates

The City police have arrested a man for allegedly cheating students by promising them medical seats in reputed colleges in the State.

Police recovered Rs 21 lakh in cash from Prasanna Bhandari, 37, from Kumta in Uttara Kannada district on Thursday, acting on a complaint filed by B Jagadamba, 34, from B Kottakota at Chittor in Andhra Pradesh.

Jagadamba claimed that she had paid three men Rs 21 lakh for a seat in a medical college.
Bhandari, along with his associates Sachin Vishwanath Cholle of Mumbai, Hemanth of New Delhi, would identify those who found a place in the CET rank list, but failed to obtain a medical seat.

The suspects contacted the inviduals by phone, introduced themselves as Ashish and Murthy from Hubli, and then claimed to be capable of procuring them a medical seat.

On many occasions, the three also convinced parents of the candidates that they were acting on behalf of the management of the medical colleges and demanded money for a seat under the management quota.

“Once they obtained the money, they would abscond,” police said. Police sources said that a team has been sent to Mumbai and New Delhi to track down the other two suspects.

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