The Punjab vigilance bureau (VB) has identified the Haryana-based mastermind who allegedly “sold” question papers for recruitment in government departments.
Mastermind, Suresh Yadav of Bhiwani allegedly contacted candidates in Punjab and Chandigarh to sell question papers of examinations conducted by Panjab University, Chandigarh, on behalf of the state government.
Sources in the VB said other than examinations for Punjab government jobs, Yadav allegedly had access to question papers of recruitment examinations in Haryana and Rajasthan. The VB has got in touch with its counterparts in Rajasthan and informed them about the possibility of selective leakage of question papers. A list of the examinations under the scanner is also being prepared by the VB.
Investigations by the VB, initiated following an order of chief minister Parkash Singh Badal, have led to the arrest of over two-dozen people, including an Akali municipal councillor from Malout. The VB has unearthed two paper leak modules operational in Uttar Pradesh and Haryana. While the Haryana module was led by Yadav, the UP module was being run by one Guruji, alias Masterji” a Lucknow resident who was selectively leaking the same set of question papers to Punjab candidates from Lucknow.
The arrested candidates informed the VB that Yadav used to visit coaching academies in Chandigarh to know about the candidates preparing for recruitment teats. He promised “sure-shot” results. Gaurav Jaidka, an engineer from Punjab Engineering College, met him in one of the coaching centres. Yadav allegedly helped Jaidka and another eight candidates clear the local government examination conducted in November 2015. Jaidka, now under arrest, said Yadav took them to a school in Najafgarh (Haryana) where question papers were shown. In January this year, Yadav allegedly took a van full of candidates to the same school and question papers of a patwari (revenue official) exam were given to them.
VB under Pressure
VB sources said other than an Akali leader whose involvement in the scam was being investigated, a senior Congress leader had started pressuring the bureau not to question Sangrur resident Naveen Garg, who and his wife were selected as senior assistants (accounts). Garg, now named in the first information report by the VB, was allegedly in constant touch with Yadav, talking to him over the phone more than 25 times during the examination days. Sources add that Garg’s father is considered to be a close associate of a senior Congress leader.