A Jabarulla (65) of Nolambur, a businessman from Tirunelveli settled in the city, wanted to enrol his daughter, an MBBS graduate, for a postgraduate medical course. Learning about this, four men who approached Jabarulla with the promise of getting an MS seat for his daughter at a private medical university in Porur. They collected Rs 1.75 crore in two instalments between May 2017 and January this year.
When they failed to get the seat and refused to return the money, Jabarulla lodged a complaint at the SRMC police station following which the cops traced and arrested V Praveen (32), L Balaji (41), K Selvaraj (47) and K Marudhalachalam (37) of Neyveli. While they have been remanded in judicial custody, a hunt has also been launched for one more accused in the case, identified as Chakravarthy.
The police said the five men worked as middlemen to find students for private institutions. Jabarulla was introduced to them through a common friend, police added.
Meanwhile, inspector Seetharaman attached to the SRMC police station has been shifted to Vacancy Reserve for handling the case on his own though cases involving more than Rs 50 lakh should be forwarded to Central Crime Branch as a matter of procedure. The action was taken following allegations that he tried to conduct a kangaroo court to settle the case instead of bringing the culprits to book.