Vinayak Prasanna, Assistant Professor of Forensic Medicine at Vijayanagar Institute of Medical Science (VIMS) and the alleged mastermind in the post-graduate medical entrance test (PGMET) malpractices case, has been remanded to the custody of Criminal Investigation Department (CID).
Vinayak Prasanna, who was at large after the CID began making arrests in connection with the malpractices case, surrendered before the Judicial Magistrate First Class here on October 25 after his anticipatory bail was rejected by the High Court of Karnataka. He had been remanded to judicial custody.
On Wednesday, in response to an application moved by Chalapathi, Deputy Superintendent of Police, CID, seeking custody of Vinayak Prasanna for questioning, the judge, M.G. Kulkarni, passed orders granting custody to CID up to November 5.
Mr. Kulkarni turned down the plea of counsel for Vinayak Prasanna that custody be granted to CID only if an advocate is allowed to accompany the accused.
Vinayak Prasanna has been accused of bribing Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences personnel to ensure that the accused candidates, including “in-service candidates”, were allotted seats in one examination hall. The PGMET malpractices in VIMS centre were reported on January 30.
The charge is that Vinayak Prasanna, with the assistance of his accomplices at VIMS, managed to become the invigilator of the hall. As a result, the accused candidates secured top ranks and managed to get seats for post-graduation course. His wife, Vanaja, who has also been arrested by the CID, is in judicial custody.
Meanwhile, the bail application moved by 12 candidates, who benefited through the alleged exam malpractices by securing top ranks, now in judicial custody, will come up for hearing on Friday.