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IPS Officer Jailed For Cheating In UPSC, Accomplice Wife Arrested

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| October 31 , 2017 , 14:53 IST

The illustrious civil services are a dream for countless people across the nation, and aspirants spend years of their lives preparing for the challenging exams, but one Tamil Nadu-cadre trainee IPS officer attempted a short-cut by cheating on the written exam and was sent to judicial custody by a magistrate on Tuesday.

Safeer Karim, currently an assistant superintendent of police in Nanguneri, Tirunelveli, was arrested by the police on Monday after Intelligence Bureau (IB) officers caught him cheating during the UPSC Main examination at a test centre in Chennai, by using a cellphone, a Bluetooth enabled miniature camera and wireless earpieces.

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Using the miniature camera attached to his shirt button, Karim transmitted question paper images from the examination hall in Presidency Girls Higher Secondary School in Chennai to his wife Joicy Joy in Hyderabad who would then relay the answers to him. Joy was also taken into custody for her role in the cheating attempt.

The IB had suspected that Karim had cheated in the first of the 5 UPSC tests on Saturday and had put him under surveillance as well as his wife and made coordinated arrests along with the Hyderabad police when the cheating paraphernalia were recovered.

"Karim handed over his wallet and a cellphone to them from his trouser pockets, apologizing for forgetting to leave the handset in his car. But he had concealed another phone and wireless earpieces in his socks and a miniature camera in his shirt," an officer said.

Twenty minutes after the examination began, 4 IB sleuths searched Karim once again and seized the second phone, earpieces and miniature camera.

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"Karim admitted during interrogation that he took photographs of the question paper and sent them to his wife, who relayed the answers to him," the officer said.

The IB officers handed Karim over to the police on Monday who booked him from the relevant sections of the IPC, including 420 (cheating and dishonesty) and 120b (criminal conspiracy), and under provisions of the IT Act and took him into custody. Karim was later presented in front of a magistrate on Tuesday who sent him to judicial remand.

Hailing from Aluva in Kerala, Karim who had ranked 112 in his second attempt at the UPSC exams in 2015, took the UPSC exams again as he wanted to become an IAS officer.