The issue of alleged malpractices in the Postgraduate Entrance Test (PGET) conducted by the Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences (RGUHS) has taken a new twist as the Bellary police have filed a “B” report stating that there is “no evidence” against the nine candidates, while the report by the Inquiry Committee appointed by the Lokayukta finds “strong” suspicion of malpractice.

Interestingly, the report of the Lokayukta-appointed Inquiry Committee states that “discrepancies between the information provided in the report of the Bellary police and the decoded information in the Compact Disc (containing retrieved short service messages-SMS) and call details) is questionable and suspicious.” Moreover, the Bellary police, in its preliminary investigation report, had foundprima faciecase of malpractice.

The report of the Lokayukta committee — comprising C.S Hanumanthappa, R. Chandrashekhar and K.R. Kamath — stated that the CD contains the decoded SMS between persons involved in examination works, Dr. Manjunath and the candidates, but SMS between persons involved in examination works, Vinayaka Prasanna and the candidates, are not available.

Another important finding the committee had made is that except one candidate, Firdose Sulthana, the others had denied having called any persons involved in examination works but the call records and SMS details proved that they were in contact even as early as 3 a.m. on the day of the examination. Candidates, Sankeerth (first rank), Shilpa (third rank), Renuka Gurgol (fourth rank), Patil Abhijit (fifth rank), Vinod Karjagi (ninth rank), and in-service candidates, Hari Dattatreya Mantangi (first rank) and Dhananjaya (second rank), appeared for the PGET at Vijayanagar Institute of Medical Sciences, Bellary, and are alleged to have indulged in malpractice as they wrote the exam sitting in the same hall.

The RGUHS had annulled their results following preliminary inquiry and their petitions challenging annulment is pending before the Karnataka High Court.

  • Bellary police say they find ‘no evidence'

  • Lokayukta panel finds police report suspicious