He is a qualified doctor, a film producer, a wannabe director and an aspiring actor. However, where Kota Gangadhar Reddy is alleged to have actually made his mark is in running “cheating” rackets at entrance tests.
Dr Reddy, 34, is currently under arrest for the recent PGIMER, Chandigarh, entrance examination racket where a blue-tooth device embedded in the ears was just one of the means used to dodge the authorities, apart from cameras and cell phones. Two years ago, when he was still a second-year MS (Orthopaedics) student, Reddy had been held by the Crime Central Station, Hyderabad, for “leaking” question papers and “organising” cheating during the Engineering, Agriculture and Medical Common Entrance Test (EAMCET) across Andhra Pradesh. Students had been caught with bluetooth then too.
His alleged associate arrested along with him in both the cases was 31-year-old Gurivi Reddy, also A qualified doctor. The two were on bail in the June 2010 EAMCET case when they allegedly pulled off the PGIMER racket.
While CBI officials from Chandigarh arrested Reddy from a hotel in Patna, Gurivi was held from Chandigarh. “I think even when he was an MBBS student, he started scheming about this racket in entrance tests. Looking at the craze and the price people were willing to pay to secure a medical seat, I am sure he was already involved in helping candidates cheat as he had a lot of money at that time (in 2010) too,” said a former inspector who was involved in Reddy’s EAMCET arrest. Being a part of the medical fraternity helped tap into the right contacts.
What may have fuelled Reddy’s hunger for quick bucks, the police say, was his craze to enter the Telugu film industry. Having completed his MS from Gandhi Medical College, Hyderabad, he practised at a few places but was soon knocking on Tollywood’s doors. “He was obsessed with becoming famous fast. He used to wait outside offices of producers and directors to seek small roles. He was a regular at film sets and studios in Hyderabad,” a source in the film industry said.
When he decided to become a producer instead, Reddy realised that the going was similarly tough. Though he approached top Telugu actors offering to pay whatever fee they demanded, they turned him down.
In February 2011, he floated Kota Film Corporation and finally produced his first film, ‘Nandeswarudu’, starring the newcomer and relatively unknown N Taraka Ratna, the grandson