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Guwahati HC Issues Notice To 'Super 30' Mentor Anand Kumar, Accused Of Deceit By IIT-G Students

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| September 23 , 2018 , 13:38 IST

The founder of the coaching institute Super 30, Anand Kumar on whom Hrithik Roshan starrer film 'Super 30' is based has landed in another controversy. Four students of IIT-G have accused him of being a fraud in a PIL, after which the Guwahati High Court sent a notice to Kumar, media reported on Saturday.

A notice to former Bihar Director General of Police (DGP) Abhiyanand who had co-founded 'Super 30' in 2002 has also been addressed in the notice by the Guwahati High Court.

Senior advocate Ashok Saraf, appearing for the four IIT students, submitted in his report, "Because of the wrong projection given by Anand Kumar each year a large number of students from the Northeast and other parts of the country approach him with full faith and hope that Anand Kumar, who seems to be an IIT Baba, will help them in qualifying the IIT entrance exam."

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Saraf further added, "But after reaching there, Anand Kumar makes the students take admission in his coaching institute, namely Ramanujam School of Mathematics, by charging Rs 33,000 per student in the name of teaching them." 

Saraf submitted before the court that the false propaganda was created by Anand Kumar and it not only cheated the IIT aspirants and their guardians but others also.

Patna's Super 30 was founded in 2002 by Anand Kumar. The policies of the institute claimed that it will select 30 meritorious students each year from economically lower sections of the society and will provide them with free coaching for the IIT entrance examination.

Amit Goyal, who is the advocate-on-record for the claimants, mentioned in the PIL that, "Most of the time, Anand Kumar travels to different places in the country and outside India. He does not devote sufficient time to the IIT aspirants who took admission in Ramanujam School of Mathematics".

He further said, "Upon inquiry by the four IIT-G students it was revealed that after 2008, Anand Kumar is not running any so-called 'Super 30' classes. Whenever IIT entrance exam results are announced, Kumar appears before the media with some students of the Ramanujam School of Mathematics and other students claiming that they are Super 30 students and have qualified in the IIT entrance exam."

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The institute 'Super 30' made headlines in 2008 when it claimed 100 per cent success rate of its students in the IIT-Joint Entrance Exam (IIT-JEE). Though the institute started making its mark in 2004, it was for the first time in 2008 that all 30 students chosen for Super-30 batch qualified the IIT JEE. The group also made it to the Time Magazine in 2010.

"Wrong information has been uploaded by Wikipedia on its website in an unedited version and the same is also published by a national newspaper and it is easily available on social media," Goyal also said.

A division bench of the High Court, comprising Chief Justice (acting) Arup Kumar Goswami and Justice Ajit Borthakur, issued the notice to Kumar and conducted him to reply to the allegations made in the PIL. The matter will be taken up by the court again after eight weeks.

Several former students had also claimed earlier that Kumar took a cut from other coaching centres as he passed on students to other institutes.

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"Only Onorjeet is the student of Super-30 and rest of the students who have been claimed by Anand Kumar to be his belong to other coaching institutes. Kumar had promised them hefty money as a scholarship to be part of his conspiracy," alleged Gagan, a student of Super-30.

This was not the first time such allegations were made against Super 30. In July, a PIL was filed in Patna High Court seeking a CBI probe into the functioning of Kumar's Institute. High court advocate Manibhushan Pratap Sengar claimed in his petition that Kumar showed students of other institutes as his own.

The petition also purported that he had never released the account of students before the IIT exam so it could not be verified that those students who had qualified were the same ones who had studied at Super 30.