Tollywood producer behind hi-tech PG copying scam

The CBI has finally arrested film producer and financier Kota Gangadhar Reddy of Andhra Pradesh as the brain behind the hi-tech copying scandal in the post-graduate entrance exams for medicine held at Chandigarh last month.

Kota Gangadhar Reddy

The hi-tech racket was busted on November 11 during simultaneous raids at Patna, Chandigarh and Hyderabad. The accused used hi-tech tools like bluetooth and miniature earphones to transmit answers to students who paid them huge sums.

They had appeared for entrance exams for MS and MD courses at the PG Institute of Medical Education and Research, Chandigarh.  The institute has cancelled all the examinations.

According to Chandigarh CBI Police Superintendent Vineet Brijlal, who arrested Gangadhar Reddy, all the 16 accused including eight girls who appeared for entrance exams and were caught copying were from Andhra Pradesh. Most of them were only dummies appearing for real candidates who are now being traced. The CBI officer said all the dummies had come to Chandigarh on the pretext of touring Himachal Pradesh. Their leader was K Gurvi Reddy who selected the “candidates” who sat in the exam hall and leaked the questions to a team of experts sitting elsewhere. The experts working under the supervision of the film producer provided answers, which were relayed by another team through bluetooth and other devices.

The operation has been going on for nearly four years at Chandigarh and other post-graduate medical education institutes across the country - Jabalpur, Mumbai, Nagpur etc. The team would select MBBS students to opt for such courses. The gang paid for all fees for application, visit and stay plus a handsome compensation.

The CBI officer said all that these “writers” had to do was to leak the questions to the experts; one to five questions per candidate.

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