Got NEET paper on eve of test, says arrested candidate

“I was given a question paper and the answer sheet for the NEET exam. The entire night I was asked to memorise all the answers... the same questions were asked in the exam which I was made to memorise the whole night,” Anurag Yadav, the accused in the case wrote in the confessional statement.

Updated - June 21, 2024 03:06 am IST

Published - June 20, 2024 03:29 pm IST - Patna

Bihar Deputy Chief Minister Vijay Kumar Sinha at a press conference in Patna on June 20, 2024 shares alleged call and message details linking former Bihar Deputy Chief Minister Tejashwi Yadav’s aide to an accused in the NEET leak case.

Bihar Deputy Chief Minister Vijay Kumar Sinha at a press conference in Patna on June 20, 2024 shares alleged call and message details linking former Bihar Deputy Chief Minister Tejashwi Yadav’s aide to an accused in the NEET leak case. | Photo Credit: ANI

A confessional statement by Anurag Yadav, a NEET candidate who allegedly benefited from the leak of the question paper in Bihar, says his uncle Sikandar Prasad Yadavendu, a junior engineer in the Danapur Municipal Corporation, asked him to return to Patna from Kota, where he was undergoing coaching, for the test on May 5, saying the “setting was done”.

“I returned from Kota and my uncle Sikandar Prasad Yadavendu dropped me at the house of Amit Anand and Nitish Kumar where I was given a question paper and the answer sheet for the NEET exam. The entire night I was asked to memorise all the answers. My exam centre was D.Y. Patil School and the same questions were asked in the exam which I was made to memorise the whole night,” he wrote in the statement.

Bihar’s Economic Offences Unit is investigating the alleged leak of the question paper of the National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test for admission to undergraduate medical and allied programmes. On Wednesday, nine students were called along with their parents to appear before the agency.

The Hindu is in possession of the confessional statement of the accused students arrested by the agency.

One of the police officials of the Shastri Nagar station where the FIR has been lodged revealed that during the confession one of the accused said that they leaked the paper to several other candidates for a price ranging from ₹30 lakh to ₹32 lakh.

Also read: Bihar police recover 6 post-dated cheques ‘issued for NEET question paper facilitators’

Deputy CM’s allegation

Senior BJP leader and Bihar Deputy Chief Minister Vijay Kumar Sinha on Thursday alleged that a close aide of Rashtriya Janata Dal leader and former Deputy Chief Minister Tejashwi Yadav was linked to the paper leak.

Sharing details of WhatsApp call and messages, Mr. Sinha, addressing presspersons, said, “On May 1, a call was made by Pritam Kumar from his mobile (number) to Pradeep Kumar at 9.07 p.m. on his mobile (number) to book a room in NHAI [National Highways Authority of India] guest house in the name of Sikandar Prasad Yadavendu. Pradeep Kumar is working in the Road Construction Department of Bihar whereas Pritam Kumar was private secretary to Tejashwi Yadav when he was serving the Ministry.”

He also showed the alleged text message sent to Mr. Kumar asking him to book a room for May 4 and 5 in the name of Mr. Yadavendu. Mr. Sinha said that Mr. Kumar did take notice of the message, but no room was allotted.

Mr. Sinha said the investigating agency should question Mr. Tejashwi and Mr. Kumar.

RJD leader and Rajya Sabha member Manoj Jha hit back at the Bihar government. “Around 25 lakh students are affected by the NEET scam, and it should be cancelled. Attempts are being made to bring the name of Mr. Tejashwi Yadav which shows their little knowledge. They are unfit people and there is no government in the State,” he said.

So far, 13 people from Bihar have been arrested in connection with the case. Four of them are candidates. Abhishek Kumar, Ayush Kumar and Shivnandan Kumar are the other students arrested in the case apart from Anurag Yadav.

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The sections which have been imposed in the case include 407, 408, 409 and 120 (b) of Indian Penal Code.

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