Vice-principal among 3 held for exam paper leak

Those arrested are Somnath Gupta, Tarun and Ashutosh. Gupta is the vice-principal of the school, where the question papers were kept.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Published: June 23, 2014 2:40 am
Men in police custody on Sunday. (Source: IE photo by Amit Mehra) Men in police custody on Sunday. (Source: IE photo by Amit Mehra)

The Delhi Police’s Crime Branch on Saturday arrested three persons, including the vice-principal of a school in Uttam Nagar, for allegedly leaking question papers of a competitive examination for the post of graduate-level trainees conducted by the Oil and Natural Gas Commission (ONGC). The exam was scheduled on Sunday.

Those arrested are Somnath Gupta, Tarun and Ashutosh. Gupta is the vice-principal of the school, where the question papers were kept.

“On Saturday, we received information that Tarun and the vice-principal were planning to leak the question papers of the exam, to be held on Sunday at various centres in Delhi. Police officers were sent to a school, where they were planning to assemble. A search was conducted and they were arrested,” Joint Commissioner of Police (Crime) Ravinder Yadav said.

Police seized photocopies of question papers of the engineering and HR stream of the competitive examination from Tarun. “Gupta was caught with the original question papers, which he was trying to re-seal with the help of glue. Police recovered Rs 50,000 from Ashutosh, who had come to buy the question papers,” Yadav said.

During questioning, the accused revealed that Tarun, who runs an institute for JBT and BEd admissions, was approached by Ashutosh for arranging the question papers of the exam. Tarun then approached the vice-principal of the school, where the exam was to be conducted.

Police said Gupta took out one question paper each from every set of question papers for engineering and HR discipline and photocopied them in a scanner in his house. “All the accused then met at the location from where they were arrested. We registered a case against them and investigation is on,” Yadav said.

The ONGC conducts examination for graduate-level trainees for various disciplines, including Engineering, HR, Geology etc. The exam is called ONGC Graduate Trainees Recruitment.

Held for 842 posts of Class I Executive E-1 level, the syllabus is as per UPSC standard of IES for engineering subjects, Civil Services for management discipline and MSc level for others.

Candidates qualifying in the written are called for psychometric test and interview.

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