9 held in exam paper leak case

Army recruitment cancelled in R'than, racket includes ex-soldiers

Rajasthan over the years has earned the dubious distinction of being a state where question papers of competitive exams are leaked or sold before the tests. In yet another incident, an Army recruitment exam was cancelled after its paper was allegedly leaked.

Special Operation Group (SOG) of police has arrested nine persons, four of them former Army officers. One of them was involved in the business of selling question papers for the last 22 years.

Police said the exam for the All India Sena Bharti (GD soldier grade, written paper) was scheduled to take place at the Army Public School in Bikaner but was cancelled.
Police got information that a gang involved in the leaking papers had become active and its members were to meet at Court Gate police station area in Bikaner district.
They immediately sent a special team which nabbed all the culprits in a moving bus along with the aspirants.

“Nine persons who were involved in leaking the question paper of GD soldier grade written examination of the Indian Army were arrested. According to preliminary investigations, the paper was sold to 40 aspirants for Rs 2 lakh each,” said Bikaner SP, Santosh Chalke.

All nine were arrested in a moving bus along with 40 aspirants to whom they sold the paper. The racket included four ex-armymen – Pramod Kumar, Tejveer Singh, Abhilakh Singh and Pushpendra Singh. Ex-subedar Tejveer Singh was involved in the paper leaks and sale for the last 22 years, the officer said.

Police have recovered three cars, three original papers along with Rs 72,000.
Chalke said over 700 aspirants were to appear for the exam.

Similar incidents have happened in the past where question papers of Rajasthan Public Service Commission (RPSC) exams were leaked. On October 26, 2013 and July 9, 2014 question papers of Rajasthan Administrative Service (RAS) were leaked.

The arrested men said they had sold question papers of other competitive exams also, which were conducted by RPSC. One of the accused was a lecturer in Karauli Government College while the others included RAS toppers.

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