There is solid ground for the government to order a CBI probe into the alleged involvement of Dr RK Gupta in a seat-fixing racket.
However, the lack-lustre response of the police in the entire affair so far has left a big question mark over government’s intentions that whether or not it really wants to expose Munna bhais and their mentors, who have reduced the entire medical education system to ransom.
The letters written by King George’s Medical University (KGMU) authorities on Saturday to the Income Tax (IT) department and the governor reveal huge money transactions reportedly done by Dr RK Gupta and his wife Suman, which is much more than their known sources of income.
The quantum of transactions have been ‘coincidentally’ high during the period when various medical entrance examinations were held.
Gupta is the prime accused in the January 12, 2006, KGMU arson case. He was arrested by the police, but granted bail as his name does not figure in the FIR.
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KGMU inquiries reveal that Dr Gupta deposited (Account No. 6281015-22741) over Rs 34.50 lakh in the Hazratganj branch of a private bank between June, 2005 and January 2006.
His wife Suman reportedly transacted over Rs 75.95 lakh from April 2003 till February 2002 through the account (No. 12430) in a nationalised bank, Niralanagar branch.
Gupta operated Rs 68.76 lakh through his two accounts (numbers 153088 and 14441) in another nationalised bank. Total money transaction in bank accounts known to KGMU authorities comes out to be over Rs 1.80 crore. There are doubts that the couple might be having more accounts.
Gupta used to travel in a Tata Safari with a beacon and security guards. As a junior resident, ie post-graduate student, Gupta used to get Rs 1.75 lakh per annum salary under the residency scheme.
Suman is also a post-graduate medical student. However, investigations reveal that huge amounts were deposited in couple’s accounts in May 2005, the month Combined Pre-Medical Test was scheduled, but later postponed after the special task force detected that the question paper was leaked.
There are reports about Gupta’s immovable assets in Sitapur road. Gupta is also said to be having close links with Sanjeev Singh, Dinesh Singh and Ramesh Singh — the three KGMU students arrested by the Kanpur police on December 15, 2005, on charges of kidnapping Mahendra Kumar, an ayurvedic college student in Jhansi.
Mahendra was kidnapped when he refused to pay the money promised for ‘out of way’ admission in a medical college.
Significantly, despite their limited means, KGMU authorities have managed to collect ‘vital’ information about Guptas, although it is yet to be verified whether their income has been through illegal means or through some genuine business
It needs thorough investigation. But police has overlooked the seat fixing racket, which is in contrast to the strict instructions issued by chief minister Mulayam Singh Yadav in this regard, giving teachers a reason to point fingers over CM’s intentions.
“The CM should order CBI probe because state agencies can be influenced by Munna Bhais having links with high and mighty,” said teachers.
Gupta’s family members, who met KGMU officers, have been reiterating that he is being falsely implicated and can prove his innocence, if given a chance.