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    MP govt orders probe into sex-for-marks scandal

    Bhopal: The Madhya Pradesh government has ordered an investigation into the sex-for-marks scandal at the Rani Durgavati University in Jabalpur. Madhya Pradesh Education Minister Laxmikant Sharma said that the state government has formed a committee to investigate the matter.

    "The government has taken the matter very seriously. We have suspended two officials. Also we have formed a high level committee and sent it to Jabalpur to look into the matter. The police will do its job but the Higher Education Department will also take strict action once the committee comes out with its findings," Sharma said in Bhopal on Friday.

    Madhya Pradesh Police have arrested four officials, including the university's deputy registrar, Ravindra Kakoria, in connection with the sex-for-marks scandal. The police have also arrested Raju Khan, the alleged kingpin in the case.

    Investigations revealed that the Controller of examinations SH Rana and Kakoria, were involved in the scam. The police have also raided the University several times in the past two days.

    Students have also threatened to indefinitely shut down the university if all the culprits are not booked.

    The scandal came to light after a first year medical student complained that she was told that she could get her marks increased if she had sex with Khan.

    "Even before the first year results were out, I was approached by Prerna of fourth year saying I was failing in two subjects and that I could get my marks increased in re-evaluation if I slept with one Raju Khan. I just ignored her but when my result came I was failing in the two subjects that I was told," said the complainant of Netaji Subhash Chandra Medical College affiliated to the Rani Durgavati University.

    The manager of the Blue Moon hotel where these students were taken has also been arrested.

    However, the fourth year student who allegedly approached the complainant and the owner of the hotel are absconding.