'Ex-RPSC chief looked at test papers before daughter took exam'

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Jaipur
  • Updated: Oct 08, 2014 23:12 IST

The former chairman of the Rajasthan Public Service Commission (RPSC) had looked at question papers of a judicial examination last year in which his daughter secured the tenth position, the owner of the press which printed the test papers has told a local court in Jaipur.

Rajasthan Police's Special Operations Group (SOG) registered an FIR against Habib Khan Gauran on October 2 after examining records at the printing press in Ahmedabad, which showed that the former RPSC chief had visited the facility, looked at question papers for "proof-reading" and taken down notes "for reference".

The owner of the press recorded his statement before a magistrate on Tuesday, a copy of which has been seen by Hindustan Times.

Gauran stepped down from his post on September 22 after the RPSC got embroiled in several paper leaks. Early last year, he had briefly stepped aside from involving himself with the process of setting the test papers for in the Rajasthan Judicial Services (Main) exam, saying his daughter, Reshma Khan, was appearing in it.

But Gauran looked at all the four question papers and took down notes on March 16, records showed. The RJS Main 2013 exam was held on March 21, 22, 23 and 24.

It was during investigations into earlier paper leaks that the owner of Surya Offset and Security Printing Press, Mudesh Purohit, spilled the beans on Gauran's visit to the press in Ahmedabad, barely five days before the Rajasthan Judicial Services (Main) exams began in March 2013.

The SOG has registered a case under section 4/6 of the Rajasthan Public Examination (Prevention of Unfair Means) Act, 1992, against Gauran, and will soon call him for questioning. Most likely, he would be confronted with Purohit.

During the preliminary inquiry, the SOG also recorded the statements of driver Ghanshyam Patel, who drove Gauran to the Ahmedabad press.

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