Two days after a teacher was arrested and an FIR registered against four others for allegedly seeking bribes to allow students of classes XI and XII to cheat in an open school examination, the school’s principal was arrested by the Anti Corruption Branch (ACB) on Thursday. Officials said the principal was the mastermind of the racket.
Officials said the principal was involved with a private coaching centre, which lured students with the guarantee of a degree. An employee of the coaching centre has also been arrested.
Additional Commissioner of Police (ACB) Surender Singh Yadav said, “During questioning, one of the teachers revealed that the racket was being run by school principal Rama Nand Sharma.”
On April 21, the ACB registered a case after a call on the anti-corruption helpline 1031, where a student informed of a racket at Government Sarvodaya Bal Vidyalaya School in Rana Pratap Bagh. The student claimed teachers had prepared chits which had answers to the questions being asked in the final examinations for classes XI and XII.
Each question carried a price, which the teachers negotiated with students who were willing to cheat. The price for questions ranged between Rs 500 and Rs 20,000.
Sources said Sharma had retired in 2013, but was given an extension as principal twice.
Sources said the students would be asked to make an advance payment to be allowed to cheat. The centre would then allegedly introduce them to the principal, who would then tell them exactly how the plan would work on the day of the examination. Once the school teachers too had been roped in, the coaching centre employees (some of whom are yet to be identified) would be called to the examination centre, where they would “invigilate” to ensure that the process of cheating was carried out smoothly, sources said.
The ACB is now trying to ascertain whether Sharma had been involved in similar rackets before. The department has also seized computers, printers and other documents from the teachers, three of whom have now been arrested.
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