Two MBBS graduates have been arrested by the Delhi Police on the charge of impersonation for allegedly striking a deal with a candidate for the Foreign Medical Graduates Examination to appear in the screening test on his behalf. The candidate, who hails from Tajikistan and was to appear in the test at Delhi Cantonment, has also been held.

The police received a tip-off this past Sunday that one Rahul Kumar would appear in the FMGE examination at Kendriya Vidyalaya No.2 Delhi Cantonment, by impersonating as a candidate named Nalakth Shuhaib Kader (31). Subsequently, the police raided the place and picked up the suspect for questioning. Rahul produced a passport issued in the name of Nalakth Shuhaib which bore his photograph. However, on closer examination it was revealed that Rahul’s photograph had been pasted over that of the original passport holder. Subsequently, Rahul was arrested.

During interrogation, he identified himself as Rajesh Kumar Gupta (31), a resident of Chhapra in Bihar. He told the police that he had completed his MBBS from Gaya University, Bihar. In due course, he came in contact with one Gorakhnath Giri (33) who allegedly persuaded him to appear in place of the candidates for the FMGE test in Delhi for Rs.2.5 lakh.

“He along with Gorakhnath reached Delhi on March 29 and stayed at a Paharganj hotel, where they met Nalakth Shuhaib,” said Additional Commissioner of Police Anil Kumar Ojha. Rajesh then learnt to copy the candidate’s signature and also obtained his passport in which he pasted his photograph to hoodwink the examination invigilators.

At Rajesh’s instance, the police conducted raids and arrested Gorakhnath, along with Nalakth Shuhaib, at New Delhi railway station. “Gorakhnath, the mastermind, disclosed that he had done MBBS from a Pune college in 2007. While preparing for the post-graduation entrance test, he met some students who had obtained degrees from Russia and other countries and were supposed to clear FMGE test which is mandatory for them to practice in India.”

Nalakth Shuhaib, who had done MBBS from Tajikistan in 2008, had appeared in the examination on four occasions, but could not qualify for registration as a practitioner with the Medical Council of India. Gorakhnath allegedly demanded Rs.7 lakh from him along with other expenses to arrange an impersonator to take the examination and had roped in Rajesh for the purpose, the police said. “Accused Rajesh is presently unemployed and was in dire need of money,” said the officer.