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CBI to investigate past CAT exams also: Sharma

Not ruling out probing the role of touts in the previous exams, the CBI said that the CAT paper leak scandal has "huge ramifications".

india Updated: Nov 26, 2003 16:32 IST

Not ruling out probing the role of alleged touts in the previous entrance examinations, the CBI on Monday said that the CAT paper leak scandal has "huge ramifications" and detailed investigations were necessary to find out their other accomplices.

"I am very sad at the developments as this might discourage the students who prepare for whole year religiously. But anyway, we will probe into everything and bring to light the facts," CBI Director P C Sharma said in New Delhi, a day after the bursting of possible countrywide scam.

Asked whether the probe would be limited to leaking of yesterday's question paper of Indian Institute of Management, he said "No. We might have to carry out the probe into earlier exams also. The investigation has to go backwards."

CBI arrested four persons yesterday for leaking question papers of Combined Admission Test for IIM.

He said according to the preliminary investigations, the same gang was involved in leaking question papers of earlier exams also.

Asked which all-India level exams had come under the scanner, he said "we are investigating. Let us see. The accused have given us some indications, which need to be verified first before we launch investigation into the case".

He said preliminary estimates suggested that the gang had allegedly minted money to the tune of over Rs 100 crore so far but "I believe the scam is more larger, bigger and wider in nature and the amount estimated so far may be too small."

First Published: Nov 24, 2003 14:59 IST