FOUR DAYS after being granted bail in the JBT-TGT paper leak scam, Chandigarh Police filed a fresh FIR against Mithilesh Pandey alias Guruji, the mastermind, and other unknown persons on Thursday. The FIR was filed in connection with the question paper leak of Trained Graduate Teacher (TGT), which took place for the posts of 548 teachers that dates back to February 2015 at Sector 3 police station. Chandigarh Police had failed to file the chargesheet against Guruji and other accused within the stipulated 90 days that led to Guruji being granted bail along with two others on October 8.
Punjab Vigilance Bureau, which took credit for arresting the elusive Guruji from Patna, also failed to file the chargesheet against the mastermind and his aides thereby allowing all the accused get bail.
Interestingly, senior Punjab VB officers only came to know about the fact that their sleuths had failed to file the chargesheet against Guruji and others only when the mastermind walked out of Model Burail Jail, where he was lodged along with two others since July.
Director of Punjab VB, G Nageswara Rao, told Chandigarh Newsline, “We came to know about the fact that Guruji had obtained bail in our case also as our investigating team had failed to file a chargesheet against him when we received information that Guruji left Model Burail Jail on October 9. We have also sought explanation from our team members, involved in the investigation. Since so many high-profile cases are being probed simultaneously, our team members failed to complete the chargesheet against Guruji in 90 days. We are collecting the exact court record, including the date when Guruji obtained bail from a court in Mohali.”
Police said, “During the investigation of the earlier registered case against Guruji, it came to light that there was another module, which had leaked the question paper for the TGT recruitment also and the paper was prepared at Panjab University and sent for printing to the same printing press, from where the question paper for the JBT teacher exam got leaked, in Delhi. That module was also headed by Guruji.”
Cops & VB officials see red
Bail for Guruji left Chandigarh Police and Punjab VB red faced as both the agencies had failed to file a chargesheet against the mastermind within 90 days. The VB arrested Guruji on May 17 and it was bound to file a chargesheet by August 17, which it did not. Chandigarh Police got custody of Guruji from VB on July 7 and it was supposed to file a chargesheet by October 7, which it failed to do.