UPSTF has arrested Santushti Ayurvedic Medical College Dr. Ritu Garg for her involvement in the admission scam.

Dr. Ritu is the Principal of Santushti Ayurvedic Medical College, Mirzapur.

Garg was moved to Lucknow to appear in the Anti-Corruption Court. The court sentenced him to be detained for 14 days until March 13, after which he was arrested.

The Uttar Pradesh Special Task Force has arrested Dr. Ritu Garg, the prime accused in the Ayush scam. Police arrested him from his residence in Varanasi. He was arrested for his alleged involvement in facilitating the admission of unworthy candidates by forging the NEET merit list. Dr Ritu is the principal of Mirzapur’s Santushti Ayurvedic Medical College and is the 15th person to be arrested since November last year, when the anomalies came to the fore.

Garg has been moved to Lucknow to appear in an anti-corruption court. He was sentenced to 14 days of judicial custody until March 13, 2022. Abnormalities in the admission of undergraduate students to government and commercial Ayurvedic, Unani and Homeopathic colleges have been raised by the Union Ayush Ministry in the Ayush scam case. Inspections revealed that 932 students were admitted without using the expected level of education.

According to the official, more than 100 ineligible candidates were admitted to Dr. Garg’s private college by making the NEET merit list, and most of the students did not even appear in the combined examination.

On February 14, the STF charged 15 people, including former director of Ayurveda services Prof. S.N. A charge sheet had been filed against Singh and Directorate of Education (Ayurvedic Services) officer-in-charge Umakant Yadav. He said the couple and 12 others were arrested in November last year in connection with the case after the state administration suspended them.

It should be noted that in 2021, candidates were selected for 7338 seats in homeopathy, ayurveda and unani colleges. At least 6,797 seats, including those in government and private institutions, have been allotted under Ayush. Among them, 982 land plots were recognized as doubtful. Nine of the 982 names on this list – who had not even cleared the NEET exam – were still given seats in colleges. The Directorate of Ayurveda suspended all 982 students of the 2021 batch and barred them from appearing in the examination scheduled to be held by Ayush University in Gorakhpur in June this year.

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