Question paper for the 2012 state civil services prelims examination conducted by Madhya Pradesh Public Service Commission (MPPSC) in February 2013 was leaked to 12 candidates in Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s parliamentary constituency just three days before the exam.
Investigations by the MP police special task force (MP STF), which is investigating the paper leak case since 2014, revealed the paper was leaked to the candidates in a six-room marriage lawn in Varanasi on February 21, 2013. The MPPSC prelims were conducted on February 24 of the same year.
Prime accused in the case and inter-state impersonation racket kingpin Bedi Ram Jatav and his nephew Dipak Kumar told the MP STF cops that the 12 beneficiaries were called to Katni district of MP on February 20 where they met members of the racket, including Bihar’s Akhilesh Pandey and Birjendra Gupta, Mandsaur’s Iliyas and Vipin Sharma, Naveen Raghuvanshi from Guna and Narendra Rajoria from Bhind.
The candidates paid Rs 10,000 to Rs 25,000 as advance and were taken to Varanasi in two multi-utility vehicles (MUVs) where they got the question papers, brought by met Dipak Kumar.
STF sources told HT on Tuesday that the candidates spent three hours on February 20-21 intervening night solving the questions. They were also given photocopies of the leaked paper and told to burn it before the exam.
“We’re now trying to trace the marriage lawn in Varanasi where the prelims paper was leaked,” an STF officer said.
MPPSC 2012 mains paper leaked in 3 cities
Question papers of at least nine subjects, including sociology, public administration and general studies, were leaked a few days before the MPPSC 2012 state civil services mains examination was conducted in October, 2013. The papers were solved for 11 beneficiary candidates in Delhi, Bhopal and Mirzapur district of East UP.
The beneficiary candidates were prepared to clear the exam by a group of solvers headed by former railway engineer Rajiv Prasad, who is in jail now in the paper leak case.
According to STF sources, the plan to leak the paper was made much in advance, when both racketeers Akhilesh Pandey (Nalanda-Bihar) and Bedi Ram Jatav (Jaunpur-UP) were lodged at the Raipur jail in Chhattisgarh. Dipak Kumar — who managed Jatav’s countrywide question paper leak operations — acted as an intermediary between Jatav and Pandey and helped them contact inside the jail to pass on the plan for the MPPSC 2012 paper leak.
Another racket of fraudsters from MP, including Iliyas, Vipin Sharma, Naveen Raghuvanshi and Narendra Rajoria, asked Pandey’s aide Brijendra Gupta to get the question papers from the press where it was to be printed.
The three key players in the question paper leak case, Akhilesh Pandey, Bedi Ram Jatav and his nephew Dipal, will be interrogated face-to-face by STF at the Bhopal Jail to find out the name of the printing press which leaked the question papers .