DU law student held for running fake ministry website cheats 4,000 job aspirants

A law student of Delhi University, who failed to clear the judicial exam, has been arrested by Delhi Police for duping 4,000 job aspirant of Rs 20 Lakh in just two days with a fake website.

During the investigation, 27-year-old Sumit Kumar, the officials said to the media that the LLM student hoped to earn about crores within a month as he expected at least one lakh aspirants to apply for the jobs through his website.

Kumar was arrested following the complaint lodged by the undersecretary in the ministry of women and child development (MWCD), said B K Singh, DCP (New Delhi)

The complainant, while filing the complaint, said that an unauthorized individual or organisation had set up a “fake” website resembling that of the ministry and was collecting examination fee online by offering jobs for multiple posts.

According to the DCP, Kumar had advertised about 6,715 vacancies, most of them for different teaching positions.

The domain name of Kumar’s website, “wcdo.org.in”, appeared similar to WMCD’s original website, “wcd.nic.in”

It even carried the ministry’s logo without permission, said the DCP. “The website carried the government’s helpline numbers for women and children,” the officer said.

After registering the case at Parliament Street Police Station, the investigators took a closer look at the website only to realize it was registered as an NGO, “Women and Child Development Organisation”.

The name was used in a way to allegedly mislead people into believing it had to do something to do with the ministry.

Kumar allegedly told police he had set up an NGO by getting it registered with the sub-registrar in central Delhi in March. He then sought the help of a web-designer to create the website as per his requirement and then used the ministry’s logo to give it an authentic look.

The DCP said over the past few days, Kumar started advertising the job vacancies and collecting examination fees. The fee for most of the jobs was Rs 800. To make the website appear legitimate, the fee was halved for the scheduled caste and scheduled tribe categories.

“Kumar said his organisation ran no school where he could fill up the said vacancies.

He was doing this only to earn money,” said the DCP.

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