The Telangana crime investigation department (CID) has arrested four persons in connection to the leakage of the question paper of a medical entrance examination held in the state on July 9. They also claim to have arrested the racket’s kingpin, R G Rajagopal Reddy.
According to CID’s preliminary investigation, at least 69 students appearing in the Engineering, Agriculture and Medical Common Entrance Test (EAMCET-2) benefitted from the leak.
The agency submitted its report to chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao on Wednesday evening.
The arrested have been booked under IPC 406, 408, 420 read with 120b, Section 8 of AP Public Examination Prevention of Malpractices Act of 1987.
The Telangana government had on July 9 conducted the entrance test for admissions into medical and dental colleges in the state for a second time, in the wake of controversy over the conduct of National Eligibility Entrance Test (NEET) all over the country, on the directions of the Supreme Court. The Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University (JNTU), Hyderabad, which conducted the entrance test, declared the results of the EAMCET-II on July 14.
However, the ranks’ list raised a suspicion among some of the parents, as some students who had scored very low ranks in EAMCET-I – which was held on May 15 -- secured top ranks in EAMCET-II.
A student, whose rank was over 38,000 rank in the first entrance, had ranked 152 in the second entrance. Another girl, with a rank of 13,680 rank in EAMCET-I, ranked 23 in EAMCET-II.
After this was brought to the notice of the JNTU authorities, they lodged a complaint with the director general of police, Anurag Sharma. The CID was asked to investigate the case on July 20.
CID sources said that after interrogating the students, they arrested one Rajagopal Reddy, who runs Usha Education Consultancy in Bangalore, and his agents in Hyderabad -- Vishnu, Ramesh and Tirumal Reddy. Two more accused are still at large.
The agency also found from call records that Reddy and the parents of the new toppers were in touch with each other. The numbers of two JNTU staff members –that of a professor and a non-teaching staff member – were also found in the call data.
CID sources have said that Reddy charged Rs 20 lakh from parents for leaking the question paper and ‘coaching’ the students for the exam. Reddy allegedly contacted families of affluent students and struck the deal with them.
He was also allegedly in contact with employees of the printing press in Delhi that had been engaged by JNTU for printing the papers.
“Normally, three sets of question papers, each with 160 questions, are printed for the entrance test and only one of them would be released a couple of hours before the commencement of the entrance. Apparently, Reddy got all the three sets of question papers leaked,” a CID source said.
The counseling for filling 2,650 MBBS and BDS seats was supposed to take place from Monday. However, in light of the probe, the Telangana government has postponed the counseling.