Guwahati, 29 November (IANS) The Assam Police on Sunday arrested the most wanted fake candidate Pradeep Kumar, who had written the All India Engineering Joint Entrance Examination (Mains) 2020 for Neel Nakshatra Das, scoring 99.8 percent marks and becoming one of the toppers.

Police said Kumar was arrested in Delhi and would be brought to Guwahati to be produced in court.

Police suspect that Kumar is a professional proxy candidate.

On 1 November, the police arrested Bhargava Deka, the owner of a coaching center, another main accused in the JEE (Mains) exam impersonation case, in which the Assam Police has so far arrested seven people.

The Assam government had constituted a Special Investigation Team (SIT) under the leadership of Suprative Lal Barua, Additional Commissioner of Police (West), Guwahati to investigate the scam.

Guwahati Police Commissioner Munna Prasad Gupta earlier told IANS that the accused JEE (Mains) candidate, his doctor father and three other co-conspirators were also arrested on October 28 and the investigation was launched.

Police have contacted the National Testing Agency (NTA), which conducted JEE (Mains) across the country in January and September and sought information related to the examination.

Another senior police official said that on 23 October a complaint was filed with the police claiming that a candidate for JEE (Mains) used a proxy candidate for the test on his own behalf and he helped Scored 99.8 percent marks. One person and one other than a private coaching center.

The police have not yet given full details of the scam in the interest of investigation.



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