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CBI books IRS officer for allegedly clearing UPSC under assumed identity

The Central Bureau of Investigation has registered a case against an Indian Revenue Service Officer who cleared the Union Public Service Commission more than a decade ago. The CBI says the Bihar man, was overage to apply for the UPSC’s 2007 civil services examination, commonly known as IAS exam, and got himself a new identity to beat the system.

The accused, Naveet Kumar alias Rajesh Kumar Sharma, is currently a Deputy Commissioner with the CGST & Central Excise in the East Zone of Kolkata. He belongs to West Champaran in Bihar.

The FIR has been registered by the CBI on the basis of a complaint received from the Directorate General of Vigilance on October 17, 2017. The complaint was forwarded to the agency’s Patna unit for verification.

Born on June 15, 1980, Navneet had passed high school in 1996 and intermediate and graduation in 2003 and 2008 respectively, the agency has alleged. The agency alleged that Sharma had passed class 10th in 1991 and class 12th in 1993 from CBSE Board in Bettiah.

“When Rajesh Kumar Sharma got over aged for the UPSC exam, he changed identity and obtained certificate in the name of Navneet Kumar keeping the father’s name and address the same,” the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has alleged.

During the verification exercise, certificates issued by the Deputy Electoral Officer, Bettiah and statements of the village head, former village head and other inhabitants of the village indicated that Navneet Kumar is an adopted identity of Rajesh Kumar Sharma, they said.

However, the CBI found that there was one Rajesh Kumar Sharma, son of Jay Narayan Sharma, with the same residential address. Rajesh had studied at Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya (Bettiah), passed Class X in 1991 and Class XII in 1993 through the Central Board of Secondary Education.

“It is alleged that when Rajesh got over-aged for the UPSC examination, he changed identity and obtained certificate in the name of Navneet Kumar, keeping his father’s name and address the same,” said the agency.

According to the UPSC notice for 2007 examination, the minimum educational qualification was a degree from a recognised university and the candidates who had qualified for the mains paper were required to produce proof of having graduated. The application for the main examination had to be submitted in October-November 2007.

The CBI also found that the accused had not submitted date-of-birth and intermediate certificates to the department. “….Bihar Vidyalaya Pariksha Samiti has not cooperated in providing the required details of Navneet Kumar,” says the FIR.

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