‘Kingpin’ in jail, CCB feels no room for paper leak

Shivakumariah had been running an organised syndicate of question paper leaks since 2008, the police said.  File photo

Central Crime Branch (CCB) sleuths made sure the so-called question paper leak kingpin, Shivakumaraiah alias Guruji, is behind bars before the start of pre-university examinations scheduled from March 1 this year.

Shivakumaraiah continues to remain in judicial custody at the Parappana Agrahara Central Prison since November 24, 2018 after the CCB sleuths arrested him in a police constabulary recruitment examination question paper leak case.

Last week, he managed to obtain bail but before he could come out, the CCB tactfully arrested him again in another cheating case registered against him at the Mahalakshmi Layout police station. Shivakumaraiah has been accused of duping unemployed youths promising jobs in government departments as well, the police said.

Around 6.73 lakh students are attending II PU examinations this year. The CCB is confident that this time there would not be any question paper leaks as the ‘kingpin’ is in jail.

According to the police, Shivakumariah’s associates strongly depend on his influence over the government machinery. Shivakumariah’s moles are spread across printing presses and other individuals who shift question papers from printing presses to government strong rooms. They procure copies or photographs of question papers.

These photos or copies are then handwritten and sold to coaching and tuition centres across the city for lakhs of rupees. Shivakumaraiah is not only involved in PU question paper leaks, but also in others like SSLC, CET, KPSC and even police constabulary recruitment examinations.

Shivakumariah had been running an organised syndicate of question paper leaks since 2008, the police said. Cases have been registered against him since 2008 at various police stations such as the New Extension police station in Tumakuru, Gubbi police station, Vijayanagar, Nandini Layout, Chandra Layout and Malleswaram police stations in Bengaluru.

Though arrested earlier in 2008, Shivakumariah managed to come out on bail. But the CID subsequently invoked the Karnataka Control of Organised Crimes Act (KCOCA) after learning that he was involved in multiple cases of question paper leaks, jeopardising the future of lakhs of students.

After he leaked the police constabulary exam question paper in November last year, he was arrested again and remanded to judicial custody.

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