Saurashtra University paper leak: Among four held, 2 varsity clerks

Police said that the initial probe suggested that the four accused had leaked two other question papers of BSc semester-V examination as well.

By: Express News Service | Rajkot | Published:October 20, 2016 3:10 am

DAYS AFTER a BSc paper of Saurashtra University in Rajkot was allegedly leaked, Rajkot city police claimed to have cracked the case by arresting four persons, including two employees of the varsity, on Tuesday. The four have been identified as Jaydeepsinh Bhatti, Jaspalsinh Barad — clerks at SU — Bhumin Patel (20), a third year student at Christ College and Rahul Barad (20), also a student.

Police said that the initial probe suggested that the four accused had leaked two other question papers of BSc semester-V examination as well.

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Following this revelation, the syndicate of SU held an emergency meeting Tuesday and declared void the examination of chemistry subjects conducted on October 14 and October 15.

The varsity had cancelled the examination of Physical Chemistry and Analytical Chemistry scheduled for Monday after its question paper was allegedly leaked minutes before the start of the test.

The paper had gone viral on social media after allegedly being leaked.

The in-charge examination controller of SU, which had filed a complaint with the university police against unidentified persons for criminal breach of trust and circulating material on electronic platforms without authorisation, registered a complaint with the city police against unidentified persons in this case.

“We cracked the case by checking the students’ WhatsApp accounts. We inquired about who forwarded a student the leaked question paper and then followed the lead. Eventually, we reached Bhatti. Bhatti is working as a clerk in the office of the Controller of Examinations of SU,” Rajkot City Police Commissioner Anupam Singh Gehlot told mediapersons.

Police said that the four conspired to leak the paper and Bhatti, who handled extra examination papers in the examination controller department, pulled out the examination paper and supplied it to Barad. Barad then forwarded it to his room partner, Patel. Barad also captured the image on his mobilephone and took printouts, said police.

“The accused initially sold the examination paper at Rs 5,500 per copy and the price came down to Rs 2,500 as examination time neared and they used to send it on WhatsApp,’’ Gehlot added.

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