A 28-year-old former Delhi police sub inspector, aspiring to be the a civil servant, took cheating to a new level, with the help of hi-tech gadgetry and his girlfriend. Bluetooth devices stitched into his customised vest, android cell phone strapped on his wrist and girlfriend supplying information from backroom, this UPSC cheat could still not pass the prestigious examination in 2013.
Deepak Mann, 28, a resident of Prahladpur Banger in outer Delhi was arrested on Thursday while his girlfriend and two other accomplices, all UPSC aspirants, would be arrested soon. Mann, who had qualified UPSC prelims examination in 2013, told interrogators that if "this trick would have clicked, his girlfriend and other friends would have tried the same in next session of UPSC exams."
Mann left lucrative job of SI in Delhi police, sometime back to pursue a better career, in tandem with his aspirations. However, he still carries the ID card of Delhi Police. He had chosen philosophy as his main subject in the UPSC exams.
UPSC Civil Services Examination, conducted by the UPSC to select IAS, IPS, IFS officers, is conducted in three stages -- preliminary, mains and interview.
CBI officials investigated the matter in wake of a complaint by UPSC and managed to zero in on the accused, who were staying in two rented flats at Rajender Nagar in central Delhi. The case was registered under section 420 and 120 (b) of IPC.
"The group has used unfair means in the exams through customized clandestine equipment. He had also stitched a special dress for himself to conceal the wiring and the equipment," said a senior CBI official.
During interrogation Mann confessed that he clicked the images of question paper with the help of the android phone strapped around his wrist which was connected with the e-mail that automatically sent the images to the control room set up by her girl friend.
At the control room, his girlfriend, downloaded the images on a laptop and then started to look for the answers in the books that they were to dictate to Mann. "He would cough if his girlfriend would read out answers too quickly and she would then go slow," he added.
CBI seized two high-end mobile phones, two laptops, customized equipment with bluetooth technology, customized vest and seal of gazetted officer, which is being verified for its authenticity.
"We are investigating hos he managed to qualify prelims examination. And whether anybody else was involved in the whole conspiracy," said a senior CBI official.