After three days of questioning, the cyber cell of the Mumbai police crime branch arrested Professor Archana Thakare and lecturer Kavita Yadav on Friday in connection with the question paper leak at Mumbai University (MU).
The two were produced before a local court and remanded in police custody till June 12.
Both faculty members at Konkan Gyanpeeth Engineering College were involved in the leak of the Basic Electrical and Electronic Engineering (BEEE) paper for first-year students. Joint commissioner of police (crime) Himanshu Roy said the two had violated university rules and had communicated the paper in an unauthorised manner, which led to its subsequent leak.
Apart from various sections of the Indian Penal code, the two have been booked for violating a section of the Maharashtra Prevention of Malpractices at University, Board and other specified Examination Act, 1982, Roy said.
“Thakare was supposed to set the paper, but passed it on to Yadav which violated a rule of the university which says that the contents of a question paper cannot be communicated to anyone but the university. Thakare passed it to Yadav and the peon Sachin Lad for getting a copy scanned, after which the paper got leaked,” he said. The crime branch has also received the manuscript of the original BEEE paper for which exams were held on May 26. Officials said, prima facie, that the Thakare’s handwriting does not match the one on the manuscript and they would check with handwriting experts to ascertain whose it was.
While Thakare has denied asking Yadav to set the paper, the latter expressed regret at doing so in front of the police.
Three question papers - BEEE, Mathematics and Applied Physics held on May 26, May 17 and May 23 respectively were leaked. The crime branch had earlier arrested 14 people after probe.