The CBI picked up the foreign citizen from the Bureau of Immigration at Indira Gandhi International Airport in Delhi, where he had been detained upon his arrival from Kazakhstan. The CBI arrested the Russian national for manipulating software of JEE Mains examination.
The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) detained a Russian national for his purported involvement in tampering with the JEE Mains 2021 exam’s software, reports Hindustan Times.
The foreigner, identified as Mikhail Shargin, was quizzed by agency slueths after being scooped up from the Bureau of Immigration at Indira Gandhi International Airport in Delhi, where he had been detained upon arrival from Almaty, Kazakhstan.
According to a press release, throughout the inquiry, it was discovered that several foreign nationals were engaged in jeopardizing several online assessments, including JEE (Mains). “Role of one Russian national was revealed who had allegedly tampered with the iLeon software (the platform on which the JEE(Main)-2021 examination was conducted) and that he helped other accused in hacking the computer systems of suspect candidates during the examination,” the statement added.
The CBI imposed a lookout notice (LOC) against the man. Central authorities notified the CBI when the Russian national landed at the airport from overseas, they added.
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