Friday, 12 August 2022 | PNS | Dehradun
A total of 15 persons have been arrested so far in the case of the examination paper leak in the graduate level exams organised by the Uttarakhand Subordinate Services Selection Commission (UKSSSC) in December 2021. The investigation has also revealed so far that about 50 candidates got selected by taking advantage of the paper leak. Many other candidates have also been found to be suspicious and are being investigated and verified. The director general of police, Ashok Kumar informed the media in detail about the action taken so far in this case.
Following complaints of irregularities in the said examination, chief minister Pushkar Singh Dhami had directed the DGP to lodge a case in this regard. A case was lodged under various sections on July 22 and the DGP transferred the investigation to the Special Task Force (STF). Kumar said that about 1,60,000 candidates had appeared in the exams which were conducted on December 4 and 5 last year, out of which 916 were selected. The suspects/selected candidates were questioned by the STF. Based on this along with physical and electronic evidence, a total of 15 persons have been arrested so far in this case. The DGP said that accused Abhishek Verma, an employee of the printing press, stole the test papers from the printing press and a few days before the exam, sent sets of the test papers through various mediums to printing press programmer Jaijeet Das. He in turn gave these to PRD personnel Manoj Joshi and Deepak Chauhan.Joshi gave the question paper to junior assistant Manoj Joshi, Gaurav Negi and his brother in-law Himanshu Kandpal. The junior assistant and Negi got the question paper solved at a resort in Ramnagar and a banquet hall and home in Kashipur. The junior assistant along with Kulveer and Shurveer Chauhan made the question paper available to some of the candidates. Kandpal along with his friend Mahendra Chauhan, Deepak Sharma and Amrish Kumar, made the question paper available to some candidates. Further, Manoj Joshi of Sitarganj made the question paper available to some candidates of additional personal secretary (secretariat) Gaurav Chauhan while Deepak Chauhan and his friend Bhavesh Jagudi made it available to some more candidates. The DGP said that adequate evidence has been found against all these accused persons in the investigation so far. A total of Rs 83 lakh cash has been recovered in the probe so far. Bank accounts used by other accused have been frozen while mobile phones and laptops have been seized, which are being examined. Along with the accounts of the accused which were used for transactions of the illegal money, the STF has also come to know of property worth about Rs 50 lakh.