Chennai: Central Crime Branch (CCB) sleuths arrested two accomplices of the absconding Vendhar Movies producer S Madhan from Tiruchi and Chennai in connection with the MBBS admissions scam.

Parkavan Pachaimuthu, Indhiya Jananayaga Katchi (IJK) doctors wing state worker, and the party’s Madurai unit district worker, Shanmugam, were arrested for cheating people by promising to get them medical college seats in the SRM group of institutions. Inquiries revealed that Parkavan had collected Rs 5 crore from 13 students while Shanmugam collected Rs 1.45 crore from three medical aspirants. Both were remanded to judicial custody by a metropolitan magistrate court in Saidapet later in the evening.

The CCB also named the SRM college management in the FIR. Police have registered a case under IPC Sections 406 (criminal breach of trust), 34 (acts done by several persons in furtherance of common intention) and 420 (cheating). A total of 109 complaints from medical aspirants and their kin have been filed in the Rs 75.39 crore scam.

Based on a complaint from Dr Jayachandran, an investigation officer said they have named Madhan’s manager Sudhir and accountant Guna as accused number 1 and 2 in the FIR. Jayachandran said he paid the cash to Sudhir as per the instructions of Madhan and the cash was later handed over to Guna and they gave false promises to get a medical seat for his son Dinesh.

A team of police personnel are searching for Madhan, who sent a five-page note and vanished from the city. On May 28, a letter purportedly written by Madhan was circulated on WhatsApp, claiming he was going to Varanasi to attain ‘samadhi.’ Meanwhile, amid the continuing drama over the disappearance of Madhan, the legal team of SRM Group chairman T R Pachamuthu submitted a petition to the city police commissioner demanding action against Madhan who it said had misused the group’s name to defraud several students.

In the complaint, Pachamuthu said Madhan was expelled from his (Pachamuthu’s) IJK in February and that he had no connections with the SRM group. On May 28, after Madhan ‘went missing’, a letter purportedly written by him, was circulated on mobile messaging service WhatsApp. It claimed he was going to Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh to attain ‘samadhi’. Later, Madhan’s wife Sumalatha and other family members expressed before the media their fears that the SRM group was behind Madhan’s disappearance.

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Source: TOI-Che