Tamil Nadu IPS officer hi-tech cheating in UPSC, wife arrested in Hyderabad

An IPS officer from Tamil Nadu, Safeer Karim was jailed after he was found cheating in UPSC with the help of Bluetooth and a microphone through high-tech mass copying plan.

Safeer Karim was arrested after Intelligence Bureau officers caught him while he was cheating in the Union Public Service Commission Mains Examination.

Safeer Karim’s wife Joicy Joy was arrested as she was dictating answers to him from Hyderabad.

Safeer Karim is a Tamil Nadu-cadre trainee IPS officer in Nanguneri, Tirunelveli and cheated at UPSC Main Examination at an examination centre in Egmore, Chennai. He took with him a cell phone, a Bluetooth-enabled miniature camera in a shirt button and a wireless ear piece to the exam hall in Presidency Girls Higher Secondary School.

Safeer Karim wirh his wife Joicy

Safeer Karim wirh his wife Joicy (image Courtesy: Joicy facebook)

The Hyderabad Police coordinated with the Tamil Nadu police are arrested Hoicy Joy at ‘La Excellence IAS-The Institute for Civil Services’ at Ashok Nagar Crossroads in Hyderabad where she came to meet a faculty of the institution as well as director P Rambabu.

Police revealed that as Safeer wanted to get into IAS, he took the UPSC exams again.

Safeer Karim is from Aluva in Kerala and secured a 112 rank in the second attempt at the UPSC 2015 exams and failed in the interview. He is an electronics engineer and proprietor of Karim’m IAS. Karim’s IAS gives training for civil service candidates and has two branches in Kochi and Thiruvananthapuram.

The Intelligence Bureau officers suspected that he had cheated in the first of five tests in the UPSC examinations on Saturday and they put him under surveillance. They also monitored his wife and four IB officers followed him to the exam hall on Monday and Karim successfully tricked few officers who were checking the candidates at the entry.

Safeer Karim has handed over his wallet and mobile from his pockets of the trouser and even apologized the policeman for forgetting to leave the phone in the car. But officer found that he concealed another phone and a wireless ear piece in his socks along with a small miniature button camera.

The UPSC Main examination started at 9:00 on Monday and after 20 minutes IB officers entered the hall and searched Safeer Karim and found a cell phone which was hid under his seat, camera and ear pieces.

During the interrogation, Safeer Karim admitted that he took photos of the question paper and sent them to his wife who in turn dictated answers to him. He was handed over to the police and he was booked under relevant IPC sections like Section 420 for cheating and dishonesty and 120b for criminal conspiracy. He was also booked under provisions of IT Act and took him to custody.

Safeer Karim was produced before a magistrate and was sent for judicial custody. AS he is still on probation, he shall be dismissed from the IPS.

Karim’s friends told to investigators that he met with an accident recently which resulted in his failure in police fitness tests. So he believed to opt for IAS for a bright future. It was also revealed that he followed this hi-tech copying plan by assisting his sister for an examination previously.

They also told that Karim was a topper in the CAT business school entrance exam and he set up institutes in 2015 to train the students for Civil Service exams.

Safeer Karim met Joicy Joy when she joined his institute as an economics teacher and married her in 2016.

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