The role of private bookstores and publications has come under police scanner following the arrest of several professors by the special operations group (SOG) on Monday in connection with a paper leak case.
According to senior SOG officials, the tainted professors used to prepare papers for exams by selecting questions from certain refresher books.
“Refresher books are written by many incumbent and retired professors or lecturers and they are widely used by students while preparing for exams,” said a senior official of the SOG on condition of anonymity. “During our investigation we have seen that the professors had prepared the papers by copying questions from these refresher books.”
The professors relied on refresher books so much that they had even copied the grammatical mistakes and typos from them while setting the question papers, the official added.
“We are probing all angles including the conflict of interest -- the professors who are writing for refresher books also have the responsibility of preparing the question papers,” said the official.
One of the persons arrested by the SOG was Sharad, an employee of Ramesh Book Depot. It has been learnt during investigation that Sharad had received the question paper of M Com final rear subject OR and QT prior to the exam on April 5.
Sharad had received the question paper from Kalicharan Sharma who is a lecturer at the Agrasen College in Bhadra, Hanumangarh. After receiving the question paper, Sharad had distributed it to several people, said the officials.
SOG officials probing the case said many of these professors and employees of the Rajasthan University would have immense power and very less accountability when it came to preparing question papers and maintaining their secrecy.
“We are keeping an eye on such private publications which have published refresher books written by professors and are widely read by students,” said the official.