Neel Nakshatra Das was on top of the world when he topped the JEE-Mains in Assam in 2020 after the lockdown amidst the coronavirus pandemic. But the giddy feeling soon turned into a nightmare as Police arrested Das on Wednesday for using a proxy candidate to write the entrance exams. Das’s father Jyotirmay and three employees of a testing centre have been arrested by the Police. The three employees are Hemendra Nath Sharma, Pranjal Kalita and Hirulal Pathak.
A case was registered in Azara police station under sections 120(b)/419/420/406 of the Indian Penal Code(IPC) under section 66D of the Information Technology(IT) Act. The accused will be produced in court on Thursday.
Being a topper with a score of 99.8% meant that Das could get admission to the premier engineering and architecture institutes in the country including the prestigious Indian Institutes of Technology(IIT)s.
An FIR was filed under the Azara police station. The topper used a proxy candidate through an agency which acted as a middleman. The Police are digging deeper as they believe this case is just the tip of the iceberg and that there is a larger scam to be unearthed.
Things turned against the topper when a man named Mitradev Sharma got hold of a phone recording and whatsapp chat in which the accused reveals he used unfair means to top the exam. These surfaced on social media too, prompting Sharma to filed an FIR against the accused topper Neel Nakshatra Das.
Police have sealed the exam centre after it was found that the invigilator helped Das to cheat by allowing him into the testing centre where he wrote his name and roll number on the answer sheet. The actual exam was then written by a proxy candidate who was sitting outside the exam centre.
What also was appalling was that the JEE topper’s father is a doctor who assisted his son to cheat and top the JEE-Mains. Dr.Das is a gynecologist at Down Town Hospital in Guwahati.