A 33-year-old unsuccessful Civil Services aspirant and five people, including four examinees, were arrested for procuring and using leaked question papers of an all-India examination for a coveted post in the Life Insurance Corporation (LIC) of India.
“The accused has been identified as Pawan Kumar, a graduate in Geography from
DU’s Shivaji College. He had procured leaked question papers for the post of an Assistant Administrative Officer in the LIC from Arun Prakash who hails from Aligarh and has also been arrested, and sold its photocopies to four examinees for R5 lakh each,” said Ashok Chand, DCP (crime).
The police has identified the candidates as Inderjit Singh, Rahul Kumar, Praveen and Dharamvir Singh, all in the age bracket of 24 to 25.
“The incident came to light after we got hold of copies of the two sets of question papers for both the sessions of the test on Saturday evening. Based on a tip-off, Kumar was arrested from a rented accommodation in west Delhi’s Naraina,” said a senior police officer.
“His failure in the Civil Services examination in 1999-2000 led to him to this business. In fact, he had been arrested for impersonating a candidate in the Delhi Pre-Medical Test in 2005,” the officer said.
Police admitted that this was first time that examination papers have been leaked so blatantly in the city. “We were surprised when we realised that Kumar and Prakash had been able to get their hands on a well-protected document like the actual question paper for an
all-India examination. In view of the paper being leaked, the exam is likely to be held again,” Chand said.
The test is estimated to have been taken by more than 1.65 lakh candidates across India and had been conducted at as many as 16 centres in Delhi.