The Mumbai police now suspects a third module could be involved in the Mumbai University paper leak incidents. On Tuesday, Himanshu Roy, joint commissioner of police (crime), had announced that two modules were at work to engineer the leaks.
Crime branch sources, who did not wish to be named, now say a third module had leaked a paper some time ago, but the university got wind of it and changed the paper at the last moment. They did not divulge which paper had been leaked.
Sources said that while they were questioning Bharat Singh, a peon with the university who was arrested on Tuesday, they learnt he had stolen a question paper earlier and tried to sell it. “However, he was told by some students that the paper had already been sold and that they had copies,” the source said.
To maintain secrecy, the name of the subject is not written on question paper sets, sources said. Instead, a code is written for security purposes. The police found that Singh had access to the register which maintained these codes.
When asked, crime branch officials refused to comment whether any higher up in the university was hand-in-glove with Singh. Before Singh got a job with the manuscript department of Mumbai University in 2010, his father too used to work at the university, sources said.
“We found that the accused could steal the papers because there was very little security or supervision,” the sources said.
The police are also contemplating how to deal with students who bought and sold the question papers. “Those who have played a significant role in the case would be made accused, and the others, witnesses,” sources said.
Fourteen persons—including two professors, five students, two laboratory assistants, and five peons—were arrested on Tuesday for their alleged involvement in the paper leak cases. The papers were leaked on May 17, 23, and 26, hours before the respective examinations were scheduled to begin.