Thiruvananthapuram : A senior Indian Police Service (IPS) officer in Kerala was on Monday caught using unfair means in the LLM examination conducted by the Kottayam-based Mahatama Gandhi University.
Trichur range IG T J Jose was caught red-handed copying from pages of a guide by the invigilators at St. Paul’s College at Kalamaserry in Ernakulam district. The invigilators seized the material and removed him from the examination hall.
The college authorities have reported the matter to the university, which is likely to debar him. State Director General of Police K Subramaniam said that the matter had come to his attention and added that he will initiate action against the senior officer if he is found guilty.
Northern zone Additional Director General of Police Shankar Reddy has been asked to conduct the inquiry. University Vice Chancellor Dr Babu Sebastian has sought a report on the incident from the Controller of Examinations.
Jose has denied the reports. He said that neither he was removed from the exam hall nor any incriminating material was seized from him. He claimed that he had written the full examination. When asked about the reports, he asked reporters to check with the college authorities.
However, one of the invigilators Terence said Jose had resisted when he was caught and had taken back the material seized from him by force. He said he was not aware of the officer’s identity when he caught him. On examining the register number of the answer sheet, it was learnt that he was the Trichur IG.
The senior officer has been writing the exam for the last three days under the distance education programme of the university. The exam held on Monday was for international trade law and law of crime. The invigilator conducted a search after he was found behaving in a suspicious manner.
Reports said that the IG was also caught copying earlier but it was hushed in connivance with the authorities. Meanwhile, the students’ union leaders have demanded stern action against the officer as such unlawful activities are not expected from a law enforcer.