Failed IAS aspirant took parents to Delhi for imaginary interview

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The 24-year-old failed IAS aspirant from Bangalore who committed suicide on May 10 had apparently created a charade of having qualified for the IAS among his family and friends by fudging documents, postings on social media and even flying with his parents to the UPSC in Delhi.

But in the end, unable to keep up his pretenses, he may have taken his life, investigations have revealed.

V Y Manjunath, the son of a clerk in a government education department, was found dead at a trekking spot in Kodagu district, some 220 km from Bangalore, on May 10. Based on a statement by his father V P Yadava Murthy, Kodagu police initially said that Manjunath was depressed over a UPSC mix-up in his IAS main exams results and could have therefore committed suicide.

With the UPSC clarifying on May 13 that Manjunath failed to get through his IAS preliminary exams in May 2012 and could not have even attempted the main exams in October 2012, it has emerged that the youth may have fudged exam documents such as exam hall tickets to lead his family on to believe that he had cleared the preliminary and main exams.

Manjunath, an engineering student from a Bangalore college, may have fudged the exam hall tickets to indicate that it belonged to a candidate who had cleared the exam and even took his poor parents to the UPSC office in New Delhi and pretended to attend an interview.

"In a statement to the police, the victim's father had stated his son was depressed over the UPSC putting up the name of another candidate against his roll number in the final list of selected candidates. He also said that his son was upset by a lack of response from the UPSC," said Kodagu SP M N Anucheth.

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