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To clean the medical set-up in the state, chief minister Hemant Soren ordered the state vigilance department to speed up the investigation concerning anomalies in admission procedures in all the three medical colleges in the state dating back to 2008. Soren expressed grave concern over the progress of the probe and ordered to finish it within three weeks on Monday.

 Investigators will probe into the admission procedures, which were followed since 2008, in the three medical colleges of the state - Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences (Rims), Jamshedpur Medical College and the Patliputra Medical College and Hospital (PMCH) in Dhanbad.

 Cases of forgery during admissions first surfaced in 2008 during the medical entrance examinations when as many as 108 fake candidates turned up for writing exams for others. Though a probe was launched, no significant headway was made into the case since then.

 "We are informed that there are several students in the three medical colleges who used malpractices to get admitted to the three medical colleges," said an official at the chief minister's office. "Some of them have even passed out and some are on the verge of graduating," he said. Another top official at the CM's office, who refused to be named, said the CM was unhappy with the 'inordinate delay' in the probe and wanted the officials of the colleges, who were involved in the scam, to be nabbed as 'soon as possible'.

 While state health secretary B K Tripathi remained unavailable for comment, sources at the department said if found guilty, the officials will be stripped of their jobs and put behind bars. The accused students if found guilty will be removed from the colleges and the degrees stripped off in case of the passed out. "We are taking a zero tolerance policy on the issue," said an official.

 The Rims director Dr Tulsi Mahto said he was told about the development but was yet to receive an official communication. "We are yet to receive a notification from the government. We will lend every possible support in the investigation," Mahto said. source-timesofindia.indiatimes.com

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