IPS officer caught cheating in UPSC exams using this device

CHENNAI: An Indian Police Service (IPS) officer, aspiring to enter the Indian Administrative Service (IAS), was arrested for cheating in the civil services main exam with Bluetooth equipment, a police officer said on Monday.

Safeer Karim, currently an Assistant Superintendent of Police in Tirunelvelli district, was caught using a Bluetooth device while talking to his wife in Hyderabad to get answers, according to the officer.

Safeer’s wife, Joyce Joy, a visiting faculty at an IAS coaching centre helping him by dictated the answers after Karim send photographs of the question paper to his wife by WhatsApp.

Following a tip-off from the Intelligence Bureau (IB), police team searched Karim and seized mobile phone, a bluetooth device, and wireless earpieces.

She has been taken into custody by the police in Hyderabad.

“Karim’s wife, Joicy Joy, dictated the answers to him from Hyderabad,” an investigating officer told Times Of India.

The officer said being caught for cheating in exams will have a serious effect on Karim’s career.

He has been charged under Section 420 of the IPC for cheating and dishonesty.

“Cases under Section 420 (cheating) and 120 (B) (criminal conspiracy) have been registered against the duo. We have also invoked the provisions under the Information Technology Act,” a senior police official said, reported The Hindu.

Karim, a 2014-batch IPS officer from Kerala founded ‘Karim’s La Excellence’, a coaching centre for civil service aspirants, with branches in Thiruvananthapuram, Calicut, Kochi, Bhopal and Hyderabad.