MUMBAI: The Bhandup police will record the statements of 97 students, who allegedly paid for the engineering paper answer sheets provided by the eight staff members of the University of Mumbai (MU).
“We will record the statements of students for further details,” said a police officer privy to the investigation.
The students, however, are not likely to be arrested, said a source. The racket came to light last week, after a student was arrested with 32 answer sheets at Bhandup. After the arrests of university employees, more answer sheets were recovered.
Police said based they will get the names of the students based on the bar codes, but not their addresses. “We will have to go to the college to find get their details,” said the officer.
The Bhandup police will also submit a list of precautions that need to be taken while handling the answer sheets to avoid any such scam in the future. “As engineering answer sheets are digitized and sent for checking, they are kept in the store room. This gave the MU employees the chance to access them. We want basic precautions such as striking out blank answer sheets to be taken. We are preparing pointers on the loopholes,” said the officer.
The police will also point out the negligence while handling these papers. “The MU will be informed if any employee is found guilty of dereliction of duty or negligence,” said the officer.
Eight Mumbai University employees were arrested for helping engineering students cheat in their exams. To earn extra income, the eight accused and a middle man allegedly handed over answer sheets from the university’s records to the students, who would use them to fill in their exam papers before returning them. Two employees are currently on the run.
Meanwhile, the police custody of the eight accused has been extended till Friday. The police have got the list of around 80 students. “We have asked the university to give details of all the students,” said another police officer.