One more arrested in connection with APPSC question paper leak; fresh exam to be held

Guwahati: One more person has been caught in connection with the alleged Arunachal Pradesh Public Service Commission (APPSC) question paper leak, a senior police officer said on Wednesday.
This has taken the total number of arrests for the alleged leak of a question paper for the assistant engineers (civil) mains examination conducted by APPSC in August to six.
The Arunachal Pradesh Police nabbed the 6th accused in Itanagar early on Tuesday.
The man, identified as 44-year-old Dilip Saha from Dum Dum in Kolkata, was arrested on the basis of information provided by Taket Jerang, deputy secretary and deputy controller of examinations of APPSC.
“Jerang admitted that he had leaked the question paper before printing in connivance with Saha, who had carried the paper to the press,” Capital Region SP Jimmy Chiram told media persons in Itanagar.
Jerang was arrested on September 16.
Besides Jerang, four others were arrested earlier, including a teacher of a coaching institute, a candidate, his father and a middleman. The mains examinations to fill up 33 posts of assistant engineers were held on August 26 and 27. A total of 415 candidates had appeared in the exams.
Initial probe revealed that the candidate’s father had approached the middleman in 2021 to find a link to procure the question paper for the mains examination for his son. The middleman had bribed the deputy controller of examinations and the question papers were procured illegally and given to the candidate before the test was held, the SP said.
During the investigation, it was found that the sealed question paper was copied by the deputy controller of examinations and sent to the candidate through the middleman.
The candidate had reportedly consulted the teacher for answers of the procured question paper. The teacher had allegedly revealed the questions to another student, who filed a written complaint on the alleged question paper leak with the police on August 29 — two days after the examination.
Preliminary inquiry was conducted on receiving the complaint and the report was submitted to the SP’s office on September 10. The case was registered subsequently.
During the investigation, it was found that the middleman was paid Rs 43 lakh in cash by the candidate’s father in 2021 to procure the question paper of the mains examination. The middleman had given Rs 15 lakh to the deputy controller of examinations and kept the rest with him. The two had invested the money in property, the SP said.
A special investigation team had been constituted and police have seized two vehicles, invoice and cash memos for the procurement of hardware and other materials related to the case, Chiram added.
Meanwhile, the APPSC on Wednesday announced that Jerang has been put under suspension with effect from September 16, the date on when he was arrested. The results of the assistant engineer (civil) mains recruitment exam have been cancelled. “Fresh dates for the re-examination will be announced later,” said a press statement issued by APPSC.
The written examinations for the posts of women medical officers, veterinary officers, assistant conservator of forests, postgraduate teachers and dairy development officers have also been deferred until further orders.
“APPSC is conducting an internal audit of its own office procedures to identify the weak links so that such anomalies do not recur,” the official said, adding that the arrested candidate has been debarred from all exams conducted by APPSC till the finalisation of the case by the court.

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