Two of the five students arrested by the Mumbai police crime branch in connection with the three Mumbai University (MU) engineering examination question paper leaks have approached a court requesting that they be allowed to take their examinations while in police custody. The court told the two students,Sunil Mohite and Kiran Labde,that a decision in this regard would be taken on Friday.
Mohite and Labde were arrested along with three other students,five peons,two lab assistants and two professors on Tuesday. The MU had approached the crime branch requesting a probe into allegations of engineering paper leaks. The two engineering papers for Basic Electrical and Electronics (BEE) Engineering for ATKT students held on May 26 and Applied Physics-II exam for first-year students conducted on May 23 were leaked hours before the scheduled time of the exams. The police also learnt that the Applied Maths-II paper was leaked on May 18.
Meanwhile,crime branch sources said MU officials have conveyed that even if the court grants Mohite and Labde permission to appear for their examinations,they are likely to be debarred by the university.
MU officials said as the students allegedly indulged in malpractices,they could be debarred from giving examinations, said a crime branch officer.
Meanwhile,senior crime branch officers said the police have asked MU to officially hand over the sealed envelope containing the leaked BEE paper that was handed over to the varsity by the paper-setter. The move comes after an arrested accused revealed that the chief examiner had allegedly outsourced her work and allowed a lecturer to prepare the question paper. Both the chief examiner and the lecturer work in Konkan Gyanpeeth Engineering College in Karjat,along with an arrested laboratory assistant and the two arrested professors.
We have questioned professor Archana Thakre and lecturer Kavita Yadav in connection with the case. Thakre insists she did not outsource her work to Yadav. However,arrested laboratory assistant Sachin Lad has told us that Yadav had set the paper and handed him a copy to scan. We suspect the paper set by Yadav was the copy that was sent to the MU. We have asked them for the sealed envelope containing the handwritten copy to match it with Thakres handwriting to see if he is telling the truth or not, said Roy.
Roy said the police had also shortlisted names of more students who were either beneficiaries or involved in the leaks. We will decide on the action to be taken against them, he said.