A 37-year-old Delhi Police head constable, reportedly attached to the DCP (south) office, is in the dock for allegedly masterminding an organised cheating syndicate related to the staff selection commission (SSC) graduate level examination held on Sunday.
The preliminary investigation into the case, senior officers said, has revealed that head constable Ajit Singh Khatri had topped the examination conducted by the SSC a few months ago for the post of sub-inspectors in Delhi Police.
Investigators suspect that Khatri probably used the same illegal means to clear the
examination and became the topper.
"It seems Khatri fraudulently cleared the examination and was now helping his relatives and others. We believe he is an important link in the widespread cheating syndicate," said a senior investigating officer.
Khatri was arrested with eight other people by the crime branch of Delhi Police. They were apprehended from a house in Rohini where they were allegedly solving the question papers and preparing answers for the SSC examination.
The answers were to be sent though e-mails and text messages on the mobile phones of candidates at different examination centres across the country, said the police.
The other arrested persons have been identified as Macchita Malik, a sales tax inspector, who is awaiting results of the civil services examinations interview, Sahil Kadyan, a Delhi Police constable, Lohit Vats, a lower division clerk (LDC) in the ministry of external affairs, three school teachers identified as Amit Kumar, Ashu Sharma and Mukesh Kumar and two MA students, Ravinder Singh and Kulvir Singh.
Ravindra Yadav, additional CP (crime), said except Kadyan, who was himself a candidate in the examination, and Khatri, the other seven persons were hired for solving the questions and preparing answers.
"The cheating syndicate was busted following secret information received by our team. A raid was conducted at a house in Rohini and nine persons were found present in a room with 2 laptops, printer and mobile phones," said Yadav.