Four admission aspirants, who have made it to the top merit list of the admission tests of Jahangirnagar University (JU) under 2016-17 academic sessions, were found to have hired proxies for the exams.
The cheating was disclosed when interviewers, as per law, checked the handwritings of the examinees during viva-voce on Monday but they did not match the ones in the answer scripts of the written tests.
Rakibul Islam and Tapu Saha obtained second and third position in C unit (arts and humanities) respectively, Md Hasnat Hasan got fifth position in H unit (Institution of Information Technology-IIT) and Rakibul Hasan got 177th position in E unit (business studies).
Except for Hasnat, son of Babiganj upazila AL general secretary, who fled from the university, the others admitted that they hired people to attend the written tests as their proxies. They were handed over to Ashulia police, according to Sudipto Shaheen, chief security officer of the university.
Tapu gave Tk 2 lakh to one Raju of Tangail for attending his test.
Seeking anonymity, some people alleged that Akkas Ali, acting director of IIT, helped Hasnat flee as his father is a ruling Awami League (AL) leader of Panchagarh’s Debiganj, but Akkas denied the claim.
Hasnat was declared ineligible for admission temporarily and his result was sent to the admission test conducting committee for further investigation.
JU Proctor Prof Tapan Kumar Saha said a case will be filed against them.