New Delhi: A Russian national, Michael Sharjeel, was on Monday taken into custody by the CBI for his alleged role in manipulation of JEE (Mains) examination last year.

This Russian nationalist was detained at the Delhi airport. He was coming to India from Kazakhstan. But a lookout circular was issued against him. He was first detained by immigration at the airport and later he was handed over to the CBI, officials said.

According to CBI sources, this is said to be the main hacker. In fact, during the investigation of the whole case, it came to light that some foreign nationals were involved in the disturbances in many online examinations including JEE (Mains) in connivance with other accused in the case, officials said.

The role of a Russian national was revealed, who allegedly tampered with the iLeon software (the platform on which the JEE (Main)-2021 exam was conducted) and helped other accused in hacking the computer systems of suspected candidates during the exam.

Therefore, a look out circular was opened against the said A case was registered on 01.09.2021 against a private company and its directors and three employees, private persons (conduits) etc. among others for irregularities in the JEE (Mains) examination 2021 conducted by a private educational institution.

This included the director posted at the examination centre, his touts/associates and employees and other unidentified persons.

It was alleged that the said company and its directors were manipulating the online examination of JEE (Mains) and facilitating interested students to get admission in top NITs according to a large amount by solving the applicant’s question paper through remote access from a chosen one. The incident took place at an examination centre in Sonipat (Haryana).

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