HC denies anticipatory bail to three acused in MBBS admission scam

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IMPHAL, May 21: A single bench of Justice N Kotiswar Singh, High Court of Manipur rejected the anticipatory bail plea of three accused of collecting huge amount of money from four individuals under false promise to get their wards admitted in the Sikkim Manipal Institute of Medical Sciences.

The bail plea was dismissed by the court yesterday, sources said.

The accused have been identified as Potshangbam Wangba Singh, 44, son of (L) P Ibohal Singh of Haobam Marak Ngangom Leikai, Heikrujam Devraj Singh, 44, son of H Rajen Singh of Keishamthong Thangjam Leikai and Salam Priyo alias Priyobrata Singh, 44, son of S Thambal Singh of Naoremthong Salam Leikai Laishram Leirak.

A complaint was lodged by four individuals (FIR no 176(9)2013 SJM PS u/s 403/420/34 IPC) with the Superintendent of Police Imphal West in 2013.

The complainant have been identified as one Ahanthem Meghajit Singh, 57, son of late A Bokul Singh of Keishamthong Ahantem Leikai, Mutum Manglemba Singh, 56, son of (L) M Mangoljao Singh of Sagolband Takyel Kolom Leikai, Thingbaijam Binoy Singh, 50, son of (L) Th Brajachand Singh of Ghari Awang Leikai and Naorem Ongbi Romita Devi, 48, w/o N Sukumar Singh of Pureiromba Khongnangkhong.

The complainants alleged that a total of Rs 58,40,000 were collected from them under falls assurance to get their wards admitted in the Manipal Institute of Medical Sciences (MIMS) for MBBS/BDS courses.

The complainants came into contact with the accused through an advertisement published in a local daily on July 22, 2012 which appeared under the banner “MBBS admission at Sikkim Manipal University published by Arirang Educational & Job Consultant, Singjamei Traffic Island.

So far the accused have reportedly paid back only Rs 14,00,000 to the complainants and remains absconding till date.

Following the complaints police have made several attempts to arrest the accused, but to no avail.

Interestingly, on September 5, 2013, the Session Judge, Manipur East had granted ad-interim bail with the direction to the accused to appear before the Investigating Officer of the case, whenever required, however, the accused failed to appear despite summons.

Against this backdrop, the police had submitted three times bail objection reports to the session judge on September 18, 2013, November 8, 2013 and January 8, 2014.

Subsequently, on January 8, 2014 the session judge summoned all three accused to appear before the IO of the case on January 9 to give their detailed statement.

The session judge dismissed the pre-arrest bail application on March 15, 2014.

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