The Union government will probe a scam of medical seats being sold for Rs 20-40 lakh by Tamil Nadu colleges after an expose by the Times of India.
HRD minister Kapil Sibal said he was shocked by the incident, "We are trying to get hold of the evidence. I have asked Times Now to furnish me the tapes. As soon as we verify the facts, action will be taken."
Union health ministry secretary Naresh Dayal was also equally vehement that action would be taken against errant colleges. Meanwhile show-cause notices were issued to Sri Ramachandra University (SRU) and Shree Balaji Medical College, whose officials were caught on tape asking for capitation fees, contravening the provisions of the Prohibition of Collection Capitation Fee Act in the state.
"We will be issuing notices. We will initiate criminal proceedings against them if they are guilty," said state health secretary V K Subburaj. Medical Council of India chairman Dr Ketan Desai also said they would probe the incident. "Since the colleges in question are deemed universities, we will recommend to UGC to derecognise them," he added.