Retd teacher 'kingpin' of TET paper leak

CCB charge sheet says accused lifted 10 question papers from Koppal treasury

The Central Crime Branch (CCB) of Bengaluru police has filed a charge sheet before the 1st Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Court here in the case pertaining to the leakage of question papers of the Karnataka Teachers’ Eligibility Test–2014 (KARTET) held on June 22, 2014.

The 200-page charge sheet states that the source of question paper leak was the district treasury, Koppal. It names 15 persons, including a retired teacher, his car driver and some candidates as accused in the scam. It also points out that there is evidence to establish that the prime accused took Rs one lakh from each candidate and supplied them question papers a day before the scheduled examination, according to a source in the CCB.

During the investigation, it came to light that the source of the leakage of question papers was the district treasury office at Koppal town.

“We have established with evidence that a few staff members at the treasury were also involved in the scam. Koppal district treasury was the epicentre, thanks to the involvement of insiders,” said a senior officer, who monitored the investigation.

The CCB has named Shivakumar, 65, a retired teacher from Nandini Layout in Bengaluru, the kingpin of the scam. Other accused include Shivakumar’s car driver Ravi and candidates Kumar, Nagappa Krishnapur, Ranganath Lingareddy, Bannappa Chakrasali, Ramesh, Shakti Gudihalli, Sridhar, Shanthilal Rathod, Santosh, Thammaiah Hosamani and Hanumareddy Hireguppi, the source added.

The police had booked Shivakuamar earlier for leaking question papers of competitive exams in the Department of Public Instruction (DPI) in 2008 and arrested him subsequently.

Cases have been registered against him at Malleswaram (Bengaluru), Gubbi and Tumkur police stations for leaking the question papers of SSLC, PUC, KPSC and medical examinations. He was released on bail but continued with his criminal activities, the source claimed.

The 10 question papers that were leaked were part of a bundle that was set to be dispatched to a test centre in Koppal. The Central Admission Cell (CAC) dispatched a bundle with 13 envelopes containing 10 question papers each. The accused knew that the centre required only 120 question papers. 

But on top of the bundle, they gave the number of envelopes as ‘13’ and kept 12 envelops in the bundle while retaining one with them so that the act would not affect the examination in Koppal. They decided to choose the Koppal centre as they thought it would go unnoticed.

The Koppal Deputy Director of Public Instruction, G H Veeranna, informed the CAC that he received the bundle, on which it was mentioned ‘13 envelopes inside’ but upon verification one envelope was found missing. The charge sheet explains such details, according to the officer quoted above.

The DPI had conducted KARTET for the first time to decide the eligibility of candidates as primary schoolteachers in government, aided and unaided schools.

As many as 3.77 lakh candidates appeared for the test. After the question leakage, the government ignored the demand for re-examination.
DH News Service

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