In a late night development, the Telanagna Government cancelled the Engineering, Agriculture and Medical Common Entrance Test (EAMCET-II) after the CID submitted a report that the question papers were leaked. Director General of Police Anurag Sharma placed the CID report before Chief Minister K Chandrasekhara Rao, who directed the test to be annulled and fresh test be conducted. Meanwhile, hundreds of students and parents took to the streets Friday at various places protesting against the leak and demanding that the Telnagana Government cancel the EAMCET-II and punish the students who bought the leaked questions papers.
Meanwhile, Telangana CID today made a crucial arrest in connection with leak. Cops arrested 52-year-old Shaik Raheem alias Ramesh from the city outskirts. CID sources said that Shaik Raheem contacted 14 students in Telangana and AP assuring them that he had the original question papers. He took Rs 15 to Rs 20 lakhs from each student and then took them to a resort in Pune where he gave them three sets of TS EAMCET-II-2016 (medical) question papers and answers. Of the three sets of question papers, only one of them is released two hours before the exam. He had collected Rs 1.73 crores in cash from the 14 students. Shaik Raheem distributed Rs 1.2 crores among other brokers and agents who facilitated the leak and managed the transportation and accommodation of the students to Pune and back to Hyderabad. Rs 37.50 lakhs was seized from Shaik Raheem while a bank account in which he deposited Rs 15 lakhs has been frozen.
The CID has already arrested four persons for their involvement in leaking the question papers of EAMCET that was held on July 9. CID officials said that the mastermind was R G Rajagopala Reddy who was also involved in a question paper leak case earlier. Officials said that at least 69 students paid money to get the question paper on July 7, two days before the exam was conducted in Telangana. “According to our investigation 69 students benefited from the question paper leak,” a senior official said.
Telangana Government had first conducted the EAMCET on May 15. However, on July 9 the Government conducted the test for the second time, EAMCET-II, due to the controversy over National Eligibility Entrance Test (NEET). More than 2.50 lakh students appeared for the exam. The Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University (JNTU), Hyderabad, which conducts the EAMCET declared the results on July 14. But by the next day hundreds of students and parents raised doubts as several students who scored low ranks in EAMCET-I conducted in May secured top ranks in EAMCET-II.
JNTU lodged a complaint with Director General of Police Anurag Sharma who handed over the investigation to the CID on July 20. After interrogating two students — a boy and a girl — who scored ranks beyond 10,000 in EAMCET-I but were ranked within the first 100 in EAMCET-II, cops arrested Rajagopal Reddy and two of his associates. CID officers then started analyzing their mobile call data records and found that they had called several times to mobile numbers given by students as contacts at the time of filling application forms, and also found their parents’ numbers. Based on these numbers, the CID ascertained that the question paper was leaked to at least 69 students. “We now know that parents of several students who got the leaked paper were also in touch with other which means all of them knew about the leak and were in hand in glove. The question paper either leaked at the printing press in New Delhi or at JNTU. Three sets of question papers are prepared but only one is finalized and released hours before the exam but Reddy got all three question papers,” the official said.