NEW DELHI: The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) arrested Russian national Mikhail Shargin on Monday for alleged manipulation of the Joint Entrance Examination (JEE)-Main last year.
It should be mentioned that this famous exam was held online in 2021, during a covid pandemic-induced lockdown.
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WHAT IS THE CASE
In September last year, the CBI charged Affinity Education Pvt Ltd and its three directors, Siddharth Krishna, Vishwambhar Mani Tripathi, and Govind Varshney, as well as several touts and associates, with examination manipulation.
It was alleged that the three directors, in collaboration with other associates and touts, were manipulating the online JEE (Mains) examination and facilitating aspiring students’ admission into top National Institutes of Technology in exchange for large sums by solving the applicants’ question papers via remote access from a chosen examination centre in Sonepat (Haryana).
Shargin allegedly interfered with the iLeon programme, the platform on which the JEE (Main)-2021 examination was held, and also assisted other accused in hacking suspect applicants’ computer systems during the examination, according to officials.
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It was also claimed that the accused obtained class 10 and 12 mark sheets, user IDs, passwords, and post-dated checks from eager students across the country as security, and that after admission was granted, they collected large sums ranging from 12-15 lakh (approx) per candidate.
“During the course of the inquiry, it was discovered that several foreign nationals were involved in compromising many online examinations, including JEE (Mains), in collusion with other suspects in the instant case,” a CBI spokesperson said.
According to them, the central agency issued a ‘Look Out Circular’ against Mikhail Shargin, suspected of being the principal hacker, for alleged manipulation of the famous exams.
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