Assam’s JEE Main 2020 topper Neel Nakshatra along with his father Dr. Jyotirmoy Das and 3 employees of a testing facility (named Hamendra Nath Sarma, Pranjal Kalita and Hirulal Pathak) have been taken in police custody for using fraudulent means to top in JEE Main 2020. The candidate, Neel Nakshatra Das, is accused of using an impersonator (proxy) to sit for the prestigious JEE Main 2020 exam. He went on to secure 99.8 percent in the examination.
“An FIR has been registered with the Azara Police in Assam against the topper of the JEE Main examination in Assam, allegedly for using proxy to appear in the examination on his behalf. We investigated the case and have unearthed that a proxy was used by the candidate through the help of another agency that acted as a middleman”, said Guwahati Police Commissioner MP Gupta.
The police commissioner also took the testing centre under suspicion and informed that police are investigating whether there are more people associated with this heinous act. He quoted – “The staff of the testing centre in Guwahati is also involved. We are searching for more people (who are involved in the crime). This might be a one-off-case but may be part of a larger scam… We are looking at all aspects”.
The whole issue came into the limelight when this news caught fire on social media. Last week, a man named Mitradev Sharma had filed a police complaint against Das using evidence of whatsapp chats and call recordings. The chats and call recordings indicated that the accused used unfair means to clear the JEE Mains 2020 examination.
Police officials told the media that the accused only went into the examination hall to fill in the basic details such as name and roll number. The exam was then written by the proxy seating outside. As of now, the police have sealed the examination centre and the whole management has been summoned as well. The incidence has also been reported to the governing body of the exam, National Testing Agency.