Sunday, Jul 03, 2022

Special Court Directs Accused On Bail To Share Google Maps Location To CBI Investigation Officer

In a first, a special court has directed an accused in the Joint Entrance Exam(JEE Main) manipulation case to share google maps location with CBI investigating officer.

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Share your location with the CBI investigation officer by dropping a "pin on the Google Maps" on your phone within seven days of release on bail, a special court has directed an accused in the JEE (Main) manipulation case, making it possibly the first such order in CBI cases.

The special court accepted the bail application of Ajinkya Narhari Patil, an employee at the Pune office of Affinity Education Pvt. Ltd. who allegedly lured aspiring candidates by promising to arrange their admission in engineering courses through the JEE (Main) for a fee.

The CBI, which had busted the racket on September 2 this year, has alleged that the accused owners and executives of Affinity Education compromised the Joint Entrance Examination (Main) by solving question papers through remote access and sometimes by providing answer keys to aspirants who bought their illicit services.

The central probe agency has alleged that the accused bribed the supervisors of some examination centres in the National Capital Region (NCR), roping them in the conspiracy to provide unfair means to the aspiring candidates to secure admission in reputed engineering institutions for huge payments.

Patil was "knowingly" making tele-calls to the parents and aspiring candidates luring them to give huge money for admission in IITs and NITs by using unfair means in the JEE (Main), the CBI has alleged.

Patil who was arrested on September 3 contested the allegations saying he was a "mere employee" of Affinity Education primarily involved in making tele-callls to students interested in taking admission in medical colleges in foreign countries.

The court allowed the bail of Patil on a bond of Rs 50,000 with conditions that he would share his phone number with the investigating officer within seven days of his release on bail.

Special Judge Harish Kumar also directed that his phone number shall "always remain open at all times dropping a pin on the Google Maps" to ensure that his location is available to the investigating officer.

The CBI had arrested seven persons linked to Affinity Education, including its two directors Siddharth Krishna and Vishwambhar Mani Tripathi and four employees Ritik Singh, Anjum Dawoodani, Animesh Kumar Singh and Ajinkya Narhari Patil, the officials said.

Another person Ranjit Singh Thakur was arrested from Jamshedpur, they said.

(With PTI Inputs)