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Meet Naveen Tanwar, the IAS Officer Facing a 3-Year Jail Term for Exam Fraud

IAS Officer Naveen Tanwar, serving as the Additional Deputy Commissioner in Chamba, was suspended for taking a bank recruitment exam in place of another person, leading to a three-year prison sentence by a CBI Court.




Shimla: Naveen Tanwar, an IAS officer from the 2019 batch, was suspended on Friday, April 5, for allegedly taking the Institute of Banking Personnel Selection (IBPS) clerk recruitment exam on behalf of Amit Singh from Jhansi in 2014. At the time of suspension, Tanwar was serving as the Additional Deputy Commissioner/Project Director of the District Rural Development Agency (DRDA) in Chamba, Himachal Pradesh.

The suspension followed a three-year prison sentence handed down to Tanwar earlier in March by Judicial Magistrate Shivam Verma of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI). Tanwar was also fined Rs 50,000 but was released from custody after being granted bail by the CBI court. According to the Law Department, any employee or officer who remains in jail for 48 hours is automatically considered suspended.

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The case dates back to December 13, 2014, when Tanwar, a resident of Noida, Uttar Pradesh, took the IBPS clerk recruitment exam at the Ideal Institute of Technology in Ghaziabad, pretending to be Amit Singh. The CBI had uncovered a “solver gang,” in which Tanwar was one of six accused. The gang specialized in taking exams on behalf of other candidates.

During the investigation, it was revealed that Tanwar had taken the exam for Amit Singh, while another accused, Sawan Kumar, had appeared for Ajay Pal Singh. Both Tanwar and Kumar were arrested by the CBI at the examination center. Intermediaries Sugriv Gurjar and Hanumat Gurjar, who had facilitated the impersonation, were also apprehended. All the accused were later released on bail.

In 2019, during a court hearing, Tanwar was questioned and interrogated about his involvement in the fraud. Despite the ongoing case, Tanwar continued his career in the civil services until his recent suspension.

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On March 24, Tanwar had sent an email requesting a 14-day leave, but the state administration had only granted him a seven-day leave of absence. His suspension was enforced following his sentencing, highlighting the serious consequences of such fraudulent activities in government recruitment processes.

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