The Delhi police on Sunday arrested a 22-year-old B.Tech student for allegedly impersonating a candidate in the staff selection commission (SSC) examination for the post of lower division clerk (LCD).
The arrested engineering student, identified as Yogesh Singh, a resident of Haryana's Jind, appeared for the exam in place of one Pradeep. Singh was to get Rs 70,000 from Pradeep for clearing the exam, said police. A bluetooth device attached to Singh's vest, connected with a mobile phone stashed in his shoes, was also recovered.
Chhaya Sharma, deputy commissioner of police (south), said Singh was apprehended at the Government Boys Senior Secondary School, Begampur, Malviya Nagar, where the SSC examination was being conducted. Invigilator PK Pramod was on duty.
"At 11.45 am, Pramod heard the sound of a mobile phone speaker. He found that it was emanating from one of the candidates, Pradeep. When he tried to search him, the candidate, who turned out to be fake, immediately ran out of the classroom. He was caught with the help of other school staff," said Sharma.
When searched, a bluetooth device attached to a mobile phone through a wire stitched around his vest with one small ear speaker was found in possession of the candidate. Three passport size photographs and the driving licence of Pradeep, the original candidate, was also recovered from Yogesh.
The police were informed about the matter and a team led by Atul Kumar, SHO of the Malviya Nagar police station, arrested the fake candidate. A case of cheating and forgery has been lodged against him.
"Singh said he took admission in B.Tech (computer science) in the year 2008 at Jind Institute of Engineering & technology. But he could not complete his B.Tech.in 2012 as he failed to complete the seventh semester," said Sharma.
Three months ago, Singh shifted to Delhi and started living at a rented room in Mukherjee Nagar to prepare for the combined graduate level (CGL) examination conducted by SSC.
"As Singh was facing financial crunch to continue his coaching for CGL, one of his roommate's friend, Dharmendra, contacted him and gave an idea for taking up the exam in place of Pradeep, who was known to him. Singh was promised R70,000 for clearing the exam," said the officer.