3 TN dental colleges raided
By Express News Service - CHENNAI
24th January 2013 08:17 AM
Sleuths of the Central Bureau of Investigation conducted raids on the campuses and offices of at least three dental colleges in the State, including two in the city, on Wednesday as part of a widening probe on alleged irregularities in granting of approvals by Dental Council of India (DCI).
The CBI sources said that the raids were carried out in 10 different places across the country, including colleges and residences of the DCI members.
In Tamil Nadu, raids were conducted at the Thai Moogambigai Dental College in Mogappair and its office in T Nagar, Asan Memorial Dental College in Chengelpet and its office in Nungambakkam and the campus and office of JKK Nattraja Dental College at Komarapalayam in Namakkal district.
Interestingly, Thai Moogambigai Dental College was founded by A C Shanmugam of New Justice Party. Although raids were also reported at two other locations in Tamil Nadu, the CBI officials declined to divulge details.
Several incriminating documents were allegedly seized in the raids.
More colleges in the State were also suspected to be involved. CBI sources added that other raids were conducted in a dental college in Jabalpur, Madhya Pradesh and residences of three DCI members in Managalapuram in Karnataka apart from Bangalore and Hyderabad.
The raids were conducted following leads in a case of bribery for approving post-graduate course at the Melmaruvathur-based Adhiparasakthi Dental College. Investigations in the case revealed irregularities in granting approval for under-graduate and post-graduate courses in other colleges. The CBI then drew up a list of colleges that recently got approval and started courses without requisite infrastructure, according to sources.
On January 8, Dr Murugesan, a DCI member, AIADMK MLA T Palani, college administrative officer K Ramabadran and Adhiparasakthi Trust member R Karunanidhi were caught demanding and handing over `25 lakh to get DCI approval to start a post-graduate course at Adhiparasakthi college.
The CBI is also on the lookout for the college’s managing director Srilekha, whose house in Adyar was recently searched. The CBI also arrested Dr Gunaseelan Rajan, President, Tamil Nadu Dental Council on January 19.
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