The anti-corruption bureau (ACB) has summoned officials of the examination department of the Mumbai University (MU) for investigations into the marks scam case that surfaced in May last year after the anti-graft body found that certain mark sheets were scribbled on.
A paan shop owner, Arun Salian, who operated near the university campus, was caught accepting money last year from a student claiming to allegedly help her pass the psychology paper.
The ACB found documents of as many as 18 students from the Bhavani Paan beedi shop owned by Salian, which raised further doubts pertaining to the magnitude of the scam.
“Why would a paan shop owner keep documents of 18 students? We have sought the details of these students from the university,” said a high-ranking ACB officer, privy to the investigation.
The ACB had checked the shop last month for further investigations in the case. The third year student, who was pursuing a bachelor’s degree in arts, had given the paper to be rechecked for which Salian was seeking money to increase marks.
“How can a paan shop owner help to increase the marks? There has to be an insider involved in doing so,” said the officer.
The university has already suspended four employees after the ACB submitted a report to them.
“We seized three answer sheets and found that the marks have been scribbled on the front page. We have called the professors, moderators concerned and the officers and employees handling the answer sheets for questioning on Wednesday at the ACB headquarters at Worli,” said the officer. “We are trying to ascertain if the employees have any role or not. If there is anyone is found responsible, we will approach the local police station for cases pertaining to forgery and cheating.”