The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), on Thursday, carried out raids at 20 locations across the country after registering a case against a private coaching institution by the name of Affinity Education Private Limited for attempting to manipulate JEE Main 2021. The raids were conducted on the same day when JEE Main 2021 Session 4 exam was being held.
“Searches are being conducted at 20 locations across the country, in a case related to alleged irregularities being committed in ongoing JEE Main exams 2021 by a private educational institution, its directors and associates and other unknown persons,” read a CBI statement on September 2.
JEE Main 2021 – Details of CBI Investigation
- As per CBI Spokesperson RC Joshi, a First Informational Report (FIR) has been filed against Affinity Education and its directors – Siddharth Krishna, Vishambhar Mani Tripathi, and Govind Varshney, on the alleged grounds of facilitating aspiring students to get admission to top NITs (National Institutes of Technology) by solving the JEE Main question paper 2021 through remote access from an examination centre in Sonepat, Haryana.
- As per media reports, each of the 15 students were provided guarantee of admission in return for Rs. 12 to 15 lakhs. “It was also alleged that the accused used to obtain Class 10- and 12-mark sheets, user IDs, passwords, and post-dated cheques of aspiring students in different parts of country as security, and once admission was done, they used to collect heavy amount ranging from 12-15 Lakh (approx.) per candidate,” Joshi said.
- The 20 locations where the searches were conducted by the CBI teams included Delhi NCR (including neighbouring districts), Jamshedpur, Pune, Indore, and Bangalore. This led to a recovery of 7 computers, 25 laptops, around 30 post-dated cheques, and several documents.
Session 4 of JEE Main 2021 was conducted on Thursday, September 2. The exam was previously scheduled to be held from July 27 to August 2. However, it was later postponed (to August 26 – September 2) by the National Testing Agency (NTA) to provide a gap of four weeks between Session 3 and Session 4 of JEE Main 2021 exam.