PATNA Amanpreet Singh Brar alias Anand Brar, an accused in the Bihar Staff Selection Commission (BSSC) question paper leak case, was brought by road to Patna in the wee hours of Thursday.
He was arrested by the special investigation team (SIT) of the Patna police from the national capital on Sunday and taken on three days transit remand.
Brar was brought to the Gandhi Maidan police station here in a white SUV at around 3.30am before being whisked away to an undisclosed location.
Confirming his arrest, Patna senior superintendent of police Manu Maharaaj, who is heading the SIT, told HT, “Brar will be produced in court most likely on Thursday. We had picked him up from Delhi on Sunday and taken on three days transit remand.”
So far 35 persons, including BSSC chairman and senior IAS officer Sudhir Kumar and its secretary Parmeshwar Ram have been arrested in the case.
The BSSC had tasked Brar with printing optical mark recognition (OMR) sheets for the intermediate level examination to recruit over 1,700 on clerical posts in different government departments of Bihar.
Prior to Brar’s arrest, his father Ajanta Singh, a resident of Amritsar, had moved the vigilance court here, requesting anticipatory bail for his son. In his petition to the court, Singh had said his son was unwell and undergoing treatment in a medical facility.
However, the SIT picked up Brar when he was moving near the All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi.
The police got a hint of BSSC question paper leak on January 28, a day before the first of the four-phase exams were to be held. The arrest of three persons from Kanti factory road in Patna on February 4, a day before the second phase exams, confirmed the worst fears of question paper leak.
The police arrested BSSC secretary Parmeshwar Ram on February 8, followed by its chairman and senior IAS officer Sudhir Kumar. Five of Kumar’s kin, including two nephews, were believed to be taking the examination, which was subsequently cancelled after the question leak. Over 18 lakh candidates had applied for the exam, which was advertised in 2014.
The SIT had picked up Kumar and three of his relatives from Hazaribagh in Jharkhand on February 24.
Q-PAPER LEAK Patna cops picked Brar up from Delhi on Sunday and took him on 3-day transit remand