Neel Nakshatra Das, the topper of the Joint Entrance Exam (Mains) in Assam, has been arrested along with his father and three others for using proxy to write the engineering entrance exam. Neel had secured 99.8 percent in the JEE Mains exam, which decides the candidate’s admission to various engineering colleges, including the premier IITs.

Neel’s father Dr Jyotirmoy Das has also been arrested along with three employees of the testing centre — Pranjal Kalita, Hamendra Nath Sarma and Hirulal Pathak. All the accused have been produced in a local Assam court.

“An FIR has been registered with the Azara Police against the topper of the Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) Mains in Assam, allegedly for using a proxy to appear in the examination on his behalf. We investigated the case and have found that a proxy was used by the candidate through the help of another agency that acted as a middleman,” Guwahati Police Commissioner MP Gupta said as quoted by Deccan Chronicle.

He added that such an episode of cheating in India’s premier exam could be a part of a larger racket.

“We are looking into all the aspects. The staff of the testing centre in Guwahati is also involved. We are searching for more people who are suspected to be the part of this crime. This might not be a one-of case but may be part of a larger racket,” Gupta said.

The police took action on the complaint filed by Mitradev Sharma, who shared a viral phone call recording and viral WhatsApp messages that shows Neel speaking about having used proxy to top the exam.