Questions paper leaked; police constables exam put off

Questions paper leaked; police constables exam put off

CCB arrested one person

Written test to recruit candidates to constable's posts on November 25, 2018 has been postponed indefinitely following the leak of the question paper. 

The new date will be announced shortly.

The Central Crime Branch (CCB) sleuths have confirmed that the question paper that was leaked is the one that was set for the examination.

Preliminary investigation revealed that Shivakumaraiah alias Guruji, 68, a resident of Nandini Layout and a native of Tumakuru, the prime accused in II PU question paper scam in 2016, is the mastermind behind the incident.

On a tip-off, the sleuths raided Sri Nanjundeshwara Vidya Mandir, Shanivarasanthe, Somwarpet taluk, Kodagu district where 116 aspirants were answering the questions. 

The police arrested Shivakumar, while his associate Basavaraju escaped. The police have recovered four mini-buses, and an Innova car from the duo. 

The candidates were ferried to the school in four mini-buses from various parts of the state. Shivakumar and Basavaraju sold each question paper with answer script for around 8 lakh, said the police. 

The duo bought several mobile SIM cards using fake identity cards and created multiple social media accounts using fake profiles and names to communicate with the candidates.

He had planned similar meetings in Bengaluru and Tumakuru for the distribution of question papers and answer scripts. However, the meetings did not take place.

The CID had booked Shivakumar under the Karnataka Control of Crimes Act (KCOCA) 2000 for his involvement in the II PU question paper leak scam.

"We are probing to ascertain involvement of insiders in the incident,” Additional Commissioner of Police (Crime) Alok Kumar told DH.

An FIR has registered by the Cyber Crime police. Shivakumar has been booked under appropriate sections of the IPC and the IT Act.

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