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CBI arrests colonel, MCI staff for leaking info

An FIR of criminal conspiracy and bribery has been registered against these people.

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The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has arrested a serving colonel of Army Medical Corps, a clerk of Medical Council of India (MCI), and two other people for leaking sensitive information from MCI to help private medical institutions in return for bribes.

The arrests came after the CBI registered a case against against Colonel Ajay Kumar Singh, an assessor with MCI; Santosh Kumar, a lower division clerk at MCI; their associates Susheel Kumar and Sachin Kumar; and B Ramachandhiran, chairman of Venkateshwaraa Medical College Hospital and Research Centre in Puducherry, among others.

An FIR of criminal conspiracy and bribery has been registered against these people.

According to the FIR, the CBI learnt that clerk Santosh Kumar was in regular contact with B Ramachandhiran, who resides in Chennai's Ashok Nagar, and shares sensitive information with him regarding college inspections and approvals that MCI grants.

MCI is the body that recommends recognition and derecognition of medical institutions in the country, depending on a number of standards maintained by the officials.

It was found that Santosh was also in touch with Colonel Singh, who resides at Delhi Cantonment and is is empanelled as an assessor with MCI for inspecting various medical colleges.

"Both these public servants met B Ramachandhiran routinely and demanded illegal gratification for rendering support and providing information at regular intervals," said a senior CBI officer.

The agency found that Ramachandhiran had recently delivered one instalment of 'illegal gratification' to Ajay and Santosh, who had demanded the remaining instalment, in return for providing information and helping him with the inspection.

The duo, the CBI said, in connivance with Susheel and Sachin, were running a racket of leaking sensitive information to college managements regarding inspections, recognition of courses, number of seats, and similar administrative matters being contemplated by the MCI. In turn, they would seek bribes.

When the CBI learnt that Ramachandhiran was likely to deliver another instalment to Ajay and Santosh through hawala channels in Delh, it registered a case in the matter.

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