Staff Reporter :
Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has arrested seven accused, including two directors and four employees, of a private company and a private person in an ongoing investigation of a case related to allegations of committing irregularities in the ongoing JEE (Main) Examination-2021. The three arrested accused were produced before the Competent Court at Delhi and remanded to police custody till September 9. CBI has registered the instant case on 01.09.2021 against a private company and others, including its directors and three employees, private persons (conduits) etc on the allegations of irregularities being committed in the ongoing JEE (Mains) Exams 2021 by a private educational institution, its directors, their touts/associates & staff posted at the examination centre & other unknown persons.
It was further alleged that the said company and its directors were manipulating the online examination of JEE (Mains) and facilitating aspiring students to get admission in top NITs in consideration of huge amount by solving the question paper of the applicant through remote access from a chosen examination centre in Sonepat (Haryana). It was also alleged that the accused used to obtain Xth and XIIth marksheets, the 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 Rs 12-15 lakh (approx) per candidate.
The arrests were made after registration of a case against Affinity Education Pvt Ltd and three directors --Siddharth Krishna, Vishwambhar Mani Tripathi and Govind Varshney -- besides four employees Ritik Singh, Anjum Dawoodani, Animesh Kumar Singh and Ajinkya Narhari Patil, the officials said. Searches were conducted at 19 places, including at Delhi & NCR, Pune, Jamshedpur, Indore and Bengaluru, which led to recovery of 25 laptops, 7 PCs, around 30 post-dated cheques along with voluminous incriminating documents/ devices including PDC’s marksheet of different students. Name of the arrested accused are: (i) Siddarth Krishna, Director, M/s Affinity Education Private Limited. (ii) Vishambhar Mani Triapthi, Director, M/s Affinity Education Private Limited. (iii) Ritik Singh, employee, M/s Affinity Education Private Limited. (iv) Ranjeet Singh Thakur (private person). (v) Anjum Dawoodani, Employee, M/s Affinity Education Private Limited. (vi) Animesh Kumar Singh, Employee, M/s Affinity Education Private Limited. (vii) Ajinkya Narhari Patil, Employee, M/s Affinity Education Private Limited.