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Maha education society cheated medical candidates of over Rs 65 crore: ED

By Priyanka Verma 
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Mumbai: In Maharashtra, the former executive president of Shri Chhatrapati Shivaji Education Society (SCSES) in Kolhapur and other accused had collected more than Rs 65 crore from medical candidates for admission in a college operated by the Trust. This claim is done in his charge sheet (ED). The investigating agency has recently claimed in the charge sheet filed in the fanicide that he money collected from 350 medical candidates was used for personal use by buying or accused.

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According to ED, SCSES had not taken permission from the Indian Medical Council (MCI) or Maharashtra University of Health Science for admission in MBBS courses, despite this, he had deposited this amount. The investigating agency is investigating the alleged cheating case with medical candidates by SCSES, in which the former executive President Mahadev Deshmukh and his brother and the then Secretary Appasaheb have been arrested. Deshmukh brothers are currently in judicial custody.

According to the chargesheet, Mahadev Deshmukh along with other accused cheated around 350 gullible students from 2011 to 2016 on the pretext of offering admission to MBBS course in a college named ‘Institute of Medical Science and Research’ (IMSR) run by SCSES out Rs 65.70 crore was recovered. The probe agency filed its charge-sheet before a special PMLA court against Mahadev, three former officer bearers.

It said that the students were neither admitted nor their amount was refunded. The funds were allegedly collected in cash and shown as hospital income and integrated in the financial system through seven bank accounts of the society and colleges, it said.The ED has also claimed that the money was further layered in the guise of salaries, processing fees, construction payments, purchase of medical equipment etc., and was either integrated in the individual bank account of the accused persons or withdrawn in cash by them. The accused assured the students of granting admission despite being aware that the society did not have permission from the Medical Council of India and the Maharastra University of Health Science, it stated.

The current director of SCSES, Arun Gore, in his statement to the ED, claimed that after his joining as the director of the Charitable Educational Trust, several students had approached the new board with their grievances. Gore’s statement said that it is learned that the earlier board of directors had taken cash from around 750 students and gave them false assurances of admission. According to the chargesheet, he has furnished the list of those students and details of the cash amount collected from 720 students. The director has also alleged that when the aggrieved students approached the earlier board of directors, they issued checks in their names. However, those checks bounced and the students filed a case under section 420 (cheating) of the IPC and the Negotiable Instruments. The students used to deposit cash with Maruti Shankar Shitole and Kiran Dhumal, the then administrative officer and senior clerk respectively. The duo used to give the collected sum to the Deshmukh brothers and Mohammad Shad Siddiqui, the then secretary, Gore has alleged in his statement.

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