NIOS exam fraud: CBI Vyapam team raids in 6 states

BHOPAL: CBI‘s Vyapam scam unit in Bhopal has carried out simultaneous raids at 26 premises across six states to investigate alleged malpractices by 1,800 students in secondary and higher secondary examination conducted by National Institute of Open Schooling ().

As many as 24 teams, comprising 200 officials, carried out raids in MP‘s Bhopal, Sehore, Ratlam and Umaria and in New Delhi, Haryana (Fatehabad, Faridabad), Odisha (Bhubaneswar and Ganjam), Assam (Guwahati, Kamrup, Lakhimpur) and Gangtok (Sikkim) on the premises of NIOS officials, ex-officials and study centres. Action was taken on a complaint from the Union HRD ministry.

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The case pertains to the 2017 NIOS examination conducted in Sehore, Ratlam and Umaria. Over 1,700 students – mostly from Odisha and Punjab – secured marksheets for Class 10 and 12 without appearing in the exam, said a CBI officer. Each of them allegedly paid Rs 25,000 to Rs 30,000, said sources. According to the FIR, the racketeers forged and manipulated attendance sheets and answersheets of the students.

“The answersheets of secondary and HS examinees did not bear the NIOS logo,” the FIR said. A CBI officer said the agency raided 26 premises across the country, including that of “government officials and private persons.”

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