The Telangana crime investigation department (CID) has arrested four persons, including the alleged mastermind, who were involved in the question paper leak of a medical entrance examination held in the state on July 9.
The alleged kingpin of the racket, Rajagopal Reddy of Bengaluru, is a repeat offender who was arrested in the 2014 PG medical entrance examination question paper leak as well, according to police sources.
The leak relates to the Engineering, Agriculture and Medical Common Entrance Test (EAMCET-II), in which at least 60 students are said to have benefitted by paying advance sums of money running into lakhs, according to a top Telangana police officer. Sources said that the students were flown to locations outside Telangana 48 hours prior to the test and then flown back so that they could appear in the test.
On July 9, the Telangana government had conducted the entrance test to medical and dental colleges in the state for a second time (EAMCET-II) on the directions of the Supreme Court, after a controversy arose over the conduct of National Eligibility Entrance Test (NEET) all over the country. The test was conducted by Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University (JNTU), Hyderabad, which declared the results on July 14.
But after the ranks list was put out, some students who had secured extremely low ranks in EAMCET-I, which was held on May 15, managed to get top ranks in EAMCET-II. This aroused the suspicion of some of the parents who brought it to the attention of the JNTU authorities. A complaint was lodged with the police and the CID took over the investigation on July 20.
"We suspect that the paper was leaked from the printing press in Delhi. However, we are still in the process of gathering evidence. As of now, four persons; Ramesh, Rajagopal, Vishnu and Tirumal were taken into custody and we are on the lookout for a few others,'' a top Telangana police officer told reporters.
"We suspect that over 60 students cheated and the number could be more. Rajagopal used his contacts in the Delhi press and accessed the question paper,'' a CID official said.
The arrested have been booked under IPC Sections 406, 408, 420 read with 120b, Section 8 of AP Public Examination Prevention of Malpractices Act of 1987.
The Telangana director general of police Anurag Sharma is expected to submit the CID report to the government on Thursday or Friday.