A Special Investigation Team (SIT), constituted to probe the alleged Bihar Staff Selection Commission (BSSC) examination question paper leak, is tightening its noose around commission secretary Parmeshwar Ram and other senior officials.
The SIT on Tuesday detained many employees and quizzed Ram and other BSSC officials in connection with the alleged leak of BSSC examination question papers.
The BSSC had conducted the intermediate level examinations on January 29 and February 5 to recruit clerks in state government departments across Bihar.
Even as TV channels on Wednesday claimed that Ram and five other BSSC officials were arrested, Patna senior superintendent of police (SSP) Manu Maharaaj, who is heading the SIT, denied the reports.
“The matter is still being investigated and no formal arrest has been made,” Mahaaraj said.
He said: “Investigations into the alleged leak of question papers of the BSSC intermediate level examinations has been initiated. Police have interrogated employees of the BSSC, including Ram, to secure leads in the case.”
Maharaaj, however, refused to divulge details of the case. “I cannot reveal much at this stage. The SIT will soon crackdown on the gangs involved in the racket,” he added.
An SIT team, led by the SSP and deputy superintendent of police (DSP) Rakesh Dubey visited the BSSC office to seek details of the examination process from Ram and other officials. “The SIT has collected documents and some sets of question paper,” said an officer.
Patna police had earlier arrested three persons, allegedly engaged in planning to help BSSC examinees on January 29. Police also seized electronic gadgets, including 13 bluetooth devices, 10 batteries, 90 earphones, 10 cell phones, four SIM cards, besides undergarments and shirts fitted with hi-tech gadgets to facilitate cheating in the exam hall.
Police had on February 5 arrested 28 persons from Nawada, 84 km from Patna, for reportedly helping examinees adopt unfair means through sophisticated electronic devices.
The arrested persons had allegedly taken huge amounts from some examinees to facilitate them in the examination.