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Army paper leak: Arrested major sent to seven days in police custody

An Indian Army major arrested in the army recruitment exam paper leak case was remanded to seven days in police custody by a special court in Pune on Monday
By Shalaka Shinde
PUBLISHED ON MAR 08, 2021 05:21 PM IST

An Indian Army major arrested in the army recruitment exam paper leak case was remanded to seven days in police custody by a special court in Pune on Monday.

The arrested man was identified as Major Thiru Murugan and was brought to Pune on Sunday from Tamil Nadu where he was posted. He will be in the custody of the Special investigation team (SIT), constituted by the Pune police to investigate the matter, until March 15.

The remand was granted by the court of special judge SR Navander with public prosecutor Premkumar Agarwal and advocate RA Lonandkar as the defence advocate.

Assistant commissioner of police Laxman Barate of Pune police crime branch was present as the investigation officer.

“After the arrest of the first accused in the case, the investigation led the police to the present accused. The paper was 100 per cent stolen. It was forwarded from his WhatsApp account. The investigation is about where he got it from. Some of the earlier arrested were found with copies of the question paper,” said PP Agarwal.

The police and the PP added that some messages were deleted by the accused and further investigation in the matter is needed.

The defence lawyer argued that the phones of the present, as well as the

earlier accused, have already been seized. Therefore, further custody is not required as experts can retrieve the erased information.

To this, the judge asked for the case diary from ACP Borate and after going through it, he read the order stating, “The accused is the key person in the conspiracy of leaking the paper. There may be various links to this conspiracy. Due to the unlawful activity, the entire recruitment process has been stopped and the entire procedure has been postponed. Sufficient custody has to be granted for further investigation.”

An application to add sections of the prevention of corruption act was also submitted in the court. The original case was registered under relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code and the Information Technology Act.

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