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Brains behind PCS paper leak: Teacher who owns exam centre, Civils aspirant

While Mehta and Verma are residents of Lucknow, and Kumar is a resident of Hardoi.

By: Express News Service | Lucknow |
March 31, 2015 1:44:44 am
The accused in police custody, in Lucknow, Monday. (Source: PTI photo) The accused in police custody, in Lucknow, Monday. (Source: PTI photo)

The UP Provincial Civil Service preliminary question paper was leaked by the manager of a Lucknow school, which is owned by his mother and was first-time centre for the prestigious exam, the Special Task Force of the Uttar Pradesh Police has found.

The STF Monday arrested three persons, including Vishal Mehta, who is a teacher and manager at Adarsh Bharati Vidyalaya in Lucknow; Jay Singh Verma, a part-time teacher, and Gyanendra Kumar who took the PCS exam Sunday.

While Mehta and Verma are residents of Lucknow, and Kumar is a resident of Hardoi.  “The arrested persons have told that they had made the plan to leak the question paper two days before the PCS examination,” IG, STF Sujeet Pandey said.

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Pandey said, Mehta who is a teacher and manager at Adarsh Bharati Vidyalaya, owned by his mother, and was one of the centres for PCS exam in Lucknow, had clicked a photograph of one question paper on his phone about one-and-a-half hours before the exam was to start. He then forwarded it to Verma, his friend and colleague, through WhatsApp, a mobile messaging application.

Verma, a part-time teacher, who is also preparing for the civil services, was one of the invigilators at the same centre in Azadnagar area of Lucknow, Pandey said. Verma then forwarded the question paper on a mobile number provided by Gyanendra Kumar, who himself appeared for the exam in Sitapur on Sunday. It was Kumar who then forwarded the question paper to other examinees, police said.

“The three had planned this on March 27 and wanted to make money. They planned to sell the leaked paper to examinees for Rs 1 lakh each,” Pandey said, adding it could not be ascertained yet whether the arrested accused got the money.

“Most of those who got the paper on WhatsApp have deleted it. We are using some forensic techniques to identify the numbers which got the copies. Only then we will be able to tell how many persons had got it,” Pandey said.

Pandey also ruled involvement of any government officer or Uttar Pradesh Public Service Commission (UPPSC) employee in the paper leak. The exam was conducted by UPPSC. “A report has been sent to DGP and the government,” he added.

According to STF, their officials had a copy of the leaked question paper at 9.18 am on Sunday, after which they initiated a probe. Mehta told the STF that he had asked Kumar to look for the candidates who could be sold the leaked paper, the STF said.

No plugging the leaks

UPPCS question paper leak is just another in a number of such incidents that have taken place in Uttar Pradesh in recent years.

April 2014 : A solver gang was detected in the UP State Engineering examination (UPSEE) in which names of students of Institute of Engineering and Technology cropped up. The inquiry was handed over to the crime branch.

June 2014 : The UP Combined Pre Medical Test (UPCPMT) was cancelled when its paper got leaked after boxes containing question papers kept in a bank’s locker in Ghaziabad were found tampered. A faculty member of King George Medical College was arrested for alleged involvement.

December 2013 : Examination of National Insurance Company Limited was cancelled after its paper got leaked in Lucknow.

June 2013 : An employee of a private firm was arrested after it was found that score of some candidates was manipulated while uploading CAT-2012 scores on the official website.

April 2013 : A former engineering student was caught when impersonation racket was detected in SBI PO exam.

April 2012 : Six persons were arrested in Agra for duping engineering aspirants by charging rupees two lakh each.

May 2011 : Question paper of AIEEE leaked in which one person was arrested.

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