The police on Monday arrested the guest faculty of the College of Agriculture,Pune,who had disappeared for over three months with answer sheets of the first semester examination of Master of Business Administration (Agriculture) course. All the missing answer sheets have been recovered from Laxmikant Deshmukh,the guest faculty for the MBA (Agriculture) course for about a year.
The police had launched a search for Deshmukh after college authorities registered an FIR against him on Saturday. We arrested Deshmukh from Aurangabad. We have also recovered unevaluated 60 answer sheets from him, said Mahendrakumar Sartape,assistant inspector with Shivajinagar police station.
The college authorities said that though in their complaint,they had stated that 85 answer sheets were missing,they have now found out that Deshmukh had returned 25 answer sheets to students without notifiying the authorities. We had handed over 60 answer sheets of theory and practical semester-end examination and 25 answer sheets of mid-semester exams. We were not aware that he had returned the mid-semester papers to students directly after evaluating them, said Pandurang Shendge,professor in charge of the MBA (Agricultural) course.
Interestingly,though answer sheets of only one subject were missing,the college had not declared the results for any of the seven subjects in the first semester. We had evaluated the remaining papers and sent them to the (Mahatma Phule Agriculture) university for declaring the result in February, said Shendge.
Shendge said after the answer sheets are received from the police,they will be evaluated and submitted to the university for declaring the results. He said the authorities will ascertain whether the answer sheets were tampered with. However,there is no clarity on why Deshmukh took the answer sheets. He has been sent to police custody till May 9.