29 chargesheeted in paper leak case

The Criminal Investigation Department (CID) officers filed the chargesheet against 29 persons in connection with the leakage of II year PU Physics, Mathematics and Zoology question papers in 2012.

ACP Rachappa, who served in the Police department for more than three decades, submitted the 1316-page charge sheet with accounts of 66 witnesses, on the last day of his service, before the ACMM court on Friday.

The accused are Deputy Treasurer of Kadur K B Veerabhadrappa, H S Sunil (second division clerk, treasury department, Kadur), Siddamaraiah (government high school teacher, Kadur), Munawar Pasha (regional resource person, Kadur), T Sonnappa (government high school teacher), C P Ramesh (private college lecturer), Ajay, Ashwath Narayan Gowda, Naveen Kumar, Anil Rahut, Shashidhar, Yogishwar, Ravi Kumar, Venkatesh, Eshwarappa, P Anand, Manjunath, Sudarshan, Shashikala, Ranjith, Aravind, Rama, Andani Gowda, H S Girish and Pradeep, said sources.

The charge sheet names K B Veerabhadrappa as the accused number one. The question papers of Physics, Mathematics and Zoology were leaked a couple of days before the scheduled exams in 2012.

The question paper bundles had been kept at the office of the deputy treasurer of Kadur and Veerabhadrappa was appointed as the chief custodian for the centre. He, along with a few subordinate staff, plotted the leakage. He handed over the room key to Sunil who opened the room at around 7.30 pm, after all other staff departed for the day, collected the question papers and supplied them to Pasha. Pasha scanned the copies at his house, returned them with Rs 1.5 lakh in cash, to Sunil, sources said.

Munawar, his friends T Somanna and Siddaramaiah circulated the question papers all over the State. The duo went to the residence of Keshav, their friend, used his computer to mail across the scanned images. They misled Keshav’s mother Selvi by claiming that they were using the computer to check certain land records.  The jurisdictional police registered cases at Ajjampura, Girinagar in Bangalore, Bhadravati and Chintamani after the leak was reported. The CID police waited for six months to obtain sanction from the State government to chargesheet Veerabhadrappa as he was a gazetted officer.

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