The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has filed a charge-sheet against owner of a private polytechnic institute based in New Delhi and the then Junior Assistant of the National Institute of Open Schooling (NIOS), Guwahati in the Court of Special Judge, CBI Cases, Bhopal under Sections 120-B/109 r/w 201, 420, 467, 468 & 471 of IPC, for offences committed by them during the Secondary and Senior Secondary examinations. The examination was conducted by NIOS in April, 2017.
This case was registered on July 23, 2018. It was alleged that a large number of students, who did not even appear in the examinations, conducted by NIOS, for Class X and XII at three examination centers namely; Sehore, Ratlam and Umaria of Madhya Pradesh, were declared as passed by NIOS. For this purpose, forgery and manipulations were allegedly committed in the attendance sheets and answer sheets of the students. It was further alleged that the answer sheets of Secondary and Senior Secondary examinees of the said examination centers, received at the office of RD, NIOS, Guwahati from the office of RD, NIOS, Madhya Pradesh for evaluation, did not bear the NIOS logo.
During the course of investigation, searches were conducted at 26 places located in the states of Madhya Pradesh, Orissa, Assam, Sikkim, Haryana and Delhi. The searches resulted in recovery of various incriminating documents showing involvement of the accused.
Both accused were earlier arrested and are presently in Judicial Custody. Investigation has revealed that several unknown officials of NIOS, certain students of Secondary and Higher Secondary classes and unknown private persons allegedly conspired with each other and in pursuance of the said conspiracy, managed to pass the absentee/failed students in the examinations of Class X and XII conducted in April, 2017, by manipulation of official records/answer-sheets of NIOS. It was also alleged that a large amount of money was deposited into the bank account of the then Junior Assistant (Daily Wages) working in the office of RD, NIOS, Guwahati through a Bank in Delhi.