KOTTAYAM: A preliminary inquiry by officials of the Mahatma Gandhi University has found that there is evidence to corroborate the statement given by the invigilator that IG T J Jose was caught cheating while appearing for the LLM examination held at St Paul’s College, Kalamassery, on Monday.
The university will convene a high-level meeting on Wednesday to decide on further steps.
A C Babu, Deputy Registrar (Exam Monitoring Cell), who conducted the preliminary inquiry, on Tuesday handed over the report to Vice-Chancellor Dr Babu Sebastian through the Controller of Examinations, Thomas John Mampara.
Speaking to ‘Express’, Babu Sebastian said the exam officials of the St Paul’s College, submitted a detailed report to the inquiry officer, substantiating the copying allegation.
“Five officials on exam duty, including the chief superintendent of the examination, additional chief superintendent, two administrative superintendents and the invigilator, have given corroborative statements, which confirm that the malpractice was employed by the candidate (T J Jose) during the exam,” he said.
The college authorities also handed over the answersheets seized from T J Jose.
Though, the inquiry officer is learnt to have suggested follow-up measures including a detailed inquiry, which is the usual procedure, a decision will be taken only after the Wednesday meeting to be attended by the higher officials and the university’s standing counsel.
According to Babu Sebastian, further steps would be taken only after considering all legal aspects since a higher police official is involved. “Since the candidate strongly denies the allegation we want to make our case fool-proof,” he said.
Pro-vice Chancellor Sheena Shukkur, convener of the Syndicate standing council on exam affairs, Dr N Jayakumar, standing counsel in the High Court, Varghese M Easow, Controller of Examinations and other officials will participate in the meeting.