The topper from Assam in the Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) Mains, alongwith his father and three others who were arrested in connection with an alleged proxy scam in the examination on Wednesday last night, have been sent for five days police remand on Thursday.
The candidate, Neel Nakshatra Das, who scored 99.8 per cent in the exam, his father, Jyotirmoy Das, a Guwahati-based doctor and three employees of a testing centre – Hamendra Nath Sarma, Pranjal Kalita and Hirulal Pathak – were presented in front of the Kamrup (Metro) Chief Judicial Magistrate (CJM)on Thursday.
“We have reasons to believe this may not be one sporadic case and a larger network spanning throughout the country is at play. So, we had sought from the CJM for police remand to question,” police said.
They have been charged under section – 120(B) (Criminal conspiracy), 419 ( unlawful assembly), 420( cheating), 406 ( criminal breach of trust) of IPC and section 66D of the IT Act.
Meanwhile, one of the prime accused, Bhargav Deka of Global Edulight, an education consultancy firm in Guwahati, who has allegedly made the deal between the candidate’s father and the proxy and had also set up the ‘links’ with the staffs of the test centre, is still absconding.
The alleged scam came to light after a purported confession of Neel of taking unfair means to pass the exams went viral in the social media and a case was filed in Azara police station in this regard by Mitra Dev Sarma on October 23.
Sarma said, “I was appalled knowing this. This cannot be the new social norm that whoever has money, will just get whatever job or admission wherever they feel like by bribing or using unfair means. So, I lodged the complaint.
Delving on the modus operandi, Police said, “Neel had filled in his credentials and roll numbers in the answer script and walked out of the centre with the help of the invigilator of the examination centre. The proxy then filled up the same question paper.”
The examination centre for the exam is run by TCS-iON, a unit of Tata Consultancy Services.
“TCS had leased out the infrastructure, E-com Tower, from a local agency. The examination centre in which the candidate had sat for the examination has already been sealed and the management has been summoned by the police.” police sources said.
JEE Mains is an all-India level examination held by National Testing Agency (NTA) for admissions into the undergraduate level courses in centrally funded premier institutes including the IITs. Exams this year were held on September 27 and the results were declared on October 5.
Assam police have also informed NTA and sought data related to the JEE Mains in connection with the investigation.