A high-profile IPS officer of the Gujarat cadre was caught cheating while appearing for an LLB exam at the Siddharth Law College in Gandhinagar.
Gujarat University Pro-Vice Chancellor NK Patel confirmed on Sunday that Rajnish Rai, a 1992 batch IPS officer, had been caught cheating on Friday.
Nine others were also caught cheating at the same centre, he added.
Half-an-hour later they were allowed to complete their exams, university sources said.
Rai holds the post of DIG (State Crime Records Bureau) He has many sensational cases to his credit and was instrumental in the arrest of D.G. Vanzara and two other IPS officers in the Sohrabuddin Sheikh fake encounter case.
He also raided a state minister’s house without permission of the government, which is needed in such cases.
The incident took place when examination for the LLB (first year) were being conducted across all the colleges affiliated to Gujarat University.
At Siddharth Law College, one of the exam centres, a surprise check was conducted by a team of invigilators. During the check, Rai was caught by the squad, senior officials of the Gujarat University said.
The team reportedly found answers scribbled on Rai’s footrule.
The Gujarat University pro-vice chancellor and other officials visited Siddharth Law College on Saturday and asked the principal and the block supervisor to give their statements in writing in a sealed envelope.
“The statements given by the college officials are in sealed envelopes which will be opened by the committee conducting the inquiry,” said Patel. “Today we have also recorded the statement of the observer.”
When asked about the kind of punishment Rai could face, Patel said: “It all depends on the
committee and the statements made by the college officials. What I can say is the minimum punishment could be that he may be declared failed in the subject. The maximum could be three-year ban.”
Patel said they will also investigate why the college officials did not take any action against those accused of cheating.
Rai was not available for comment despite repeated attempts.