It was not a day to look forward to for Central Kotwali area city superintendent of police (CSP) Neeraj Chourasia. After being allegedly caught cheating during the second semester examination of an executive MBA programme, the man in khaki has been attached to IG Vipin Maheshwari's office.
While the CSP has denied the charge against him, Institute of Management Studies (IMS) vice-chancellor said he had asked the institute director PN Mishra to submit a report in this regard. IMS runs management courses under DAVV university.
Confirming the move, Maheshwari said, "The CSP has been removed from his charge and attached to my office. I have also ordered an inquiry into the matter which will be carried out by the DIG of Indore."
On Wednesday afternoon, Chourasia was allegedly caught cheating while taking his marketing management exam. When confronted, Chourasia and Juni Indore CSP Shashikant Kankane, who had also appeared for the same exam, threatened invigilator Piyush Kendurkar and also manhandled a clerk.
Later, both the CSPs left the exam hall without completing their papers. A case for using unfair means was registered by the university against Chourasia.
This is the first time when a high-ranking official has been caught cheating during a university exam. A police official, who did not want to be named, said the action of the CSP has brought shame to the department.
Meanwhile, in the afternoon, Chourasia and Kankane met the DAVV vice-chancellor. The duo entered the university's Nalanda Parisar from the rear entrance and parked their vehicles behind the administrative block.
Both waited for around 30 minutes before they could meet V-C Professor Dhirendra Pal Singh.
Later talking to the media, Chourasia refuted the charge that he had been caught cheating and claimed that invigilators had levelled fake charges against him.
When asked about his appearance in uniform, he said, "There is nothing wrong in appearing in an exam wearing police uniform."
Chourasia also said he was not aware about any departmental action taken against him and learnt about it only through the media.
Kankane also denied manhandling any invigilator or teacher at the exam centre, saying all allegations against him were baseless.
The V-C said both the CSPs presented their side of the case, but refused to go into details. He said that he had called IMS director Mishra to look into the matter. The university will take further action on the basis of the report sent by IMS, he added.