Accused include policemen and teachers

Nine persons, including policemen and teachers, were arrested by the Delhi Police Crime Branch on Sunday for running a cheating racket during the Graduate Level Examination-2013 held by Staff Selection Commission across the country.

One of the accused, Macchita Malik, a resident of Sector 23 Rohini, is a Sales Tax Inspector in Delhi and has appeared in an interview for Civil Services. Two of the accused -- Ashu Sharma and Mukesh Kumar -- are teachers at Municipal Corporation schools. Sahil Kadyan and Ajit Singh, both residents of Sonepat, are constable and head constable respectively. Lohit Vats of Najafgarh is a Lower Division Clerk at the Ministry of External Affairs in Delhi. Amit Kumar of Rewari is also a teacher, while Ravinder Singh and Kulvir Singh are students.

Acting on a tip-off, a Crime Branch team led by Inspector B. K. Badola mounted a raid at a house in Pooth Kalan on April 21 and found all the nine accused present inside a room with two laptops, a printer and mobile phones. The accused had received the question paper on an electronic device from one Bijender Chhikara and were trying to solve the same.

The question paper in possession of the accused was found to be photocopy of the original paper.

The examination was being conducted across the country and taken by several lakh candidates. The successful candidates are appointed Income Tax Inspectors, Preventive Officers, Custom Examiners, Excise Inspectors and Sub-Inspectors in the Central Bureau of Investigation depending upon the marks scored.

Two laptops, two pen-drives, a printer, three data cards and 10 mobile phones were seized during the raid.

A case has been registered under Section 120-B (criminal conspiracy), 420 (cheating) and 511 (attempting to commit offences punishable with life imprisonment) of the Indian Penal Code.

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