Chandigarh: Eleven students, who are facing charges for taking admission in Punjab Engineering College (PEC) on fake documents under the NRI quota, filed interim bail petition on Thursday.

The scandal, in which students had faked themselves as Nepali citizens, was unearthed by the CBI last year. The challan was issued two months back.

Accepting the bail plea, the court has served separate notices to the investigation agency.

The mastermind of the fraud, Dr Nishikant Arya, a resident of Hisar and his aide Mahendra Bajaj along with 11 students who were declared as co-accused in the crime were named in the challan. Their guardians have been named as witnesses.

After the fraud was uncovered, the agency raided the college and registered a case thereafter. The admission related documents which were seized during the raid exposed Nishikant in the fraud.

The accused used to charge Rs 10-12 lakhs for admissions and kept the original documents of the students with themselves.

Off late, six of the co-accused students filed a petition for advance bail on which the court has issued a notice to the CBI to reply on October 19. On Thursday, the remaining students also filed a petition for which the investigation has been issued notice to reply on October 25.