36-year-old Alok Kumar, a B Tech graduate from Kanpur, who appeared ‘dummy’ on behalf of Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies (NMIMS) aspirants, allegedly did so to fulfill his dream of opening a coaching class of his own, rather than working at one, police said.
Kumar, one of the six persons arrested in the NMIMS online exam racket so far, was known to be a 'brilliant mind' and this goodwill helped him get in touch with other accused who were part of the racket, they said.
An officer investigating the case said that Kumar who taught at a coaching institute was known to be sharp especially at cracking tough entrance exams. “Rather than teach for someone else, he wanted to start his own coaching class. He needed money for the initial investment,” an officer said.
Two career counselors, Pavan Kumar, an MBA from Ghaziabad and Brajendra Pratap Singh, 29, from Delhi saw how good he was with entrance exams and offered to pay him lakhs to write them on the behalf of students.
“The two would scout MBA aspirants. If they found certain students who were financially well off, they would ‘offer’ to get them admitted in the institute for anywhere between Rs. 10 and 20 lakh,” said the officer.
After a deal was struck, another accused, Hanumant Gujar, would forge students’ documents to get admissions into the online process while Sugriv Singh, also a B.Tech, worked as a mediator between students and the dummies that included Alok Kumar and Gujar. Himanshu Shekar, the sixth accused, would scout MBA aspirants said a police officer. The police suspect the involvement of a few more persons in the racket.