The CBI has arrested a Russian national at the Indira Gandhi International Airport in connection with its probe into the alleged manipulation of the IIT JEE (Main) exam held last year.
New Delhi: The CBI has arrested a Russian national at the Indira Gandhi International Airport in connection with its probe into the alleged manipulation of the IIT JEE (Main) exam held last year. Officials gave this information on Monday. He said that the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) had issued a 'look out circular' against the foreign national, who is suspected to be the main hacker, for alleged tampering in this prestigious examination.
When the Russian national arrived at the airport from abroad, central agencies alerted the CBI, officials said. He said that the CBI immediately stopped him and he is being questioned in connection with the tampering in the JEE exam. Sources said the suspect may be taken into custody. The agency had in September last year registered a case against Affinity Education Pvt Ltd and its three directors - Siddharth Krishna, Vishwambhar Mani Tripathi and Govind Varshney.
A case was also registered against some other people. It is alleged that the three directors were conspiring with other associates and touts to manipulate the JEE (Main) online examination and take huge amount of money from the candidates to get them admission in top National Institutes of Technology in the country. According to the allegations, the question papers of applicants were being solved with the help of technology from a selected examination center in Haryana's Sonepat.
Mikhail Shargin is being questioned
The CBI is interrogating the accused Mikhail Shargin, who is said to be a citizen of Russia. The CBI suspects that with the help of this the accused tried to manipulate the JEE Main online examination last year. Manipulators first used to keep the 10th and 12th mark sheets and their roll numbers of the students with themselves, later when they passed them in the examination, they used to take lakhs of rupees from the parents of the students in return. In this case, searches were also conducted in September 2021 at 19 places including Delhi NCR including Pune, Jamshedpur, Indore and Bangalore. In this raid, 25 laptops, 7 PCs, about 30 post dated cheques/PDCs of various students and mark sheets along with huge amount of incriminating documents were recovered.