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Three held in Orissa marksheet scandal

Three former BSE officials were held by the state crime branch for their alleged role in the matriculation examination mark-sheet scandal.

india Updated: Nov 12, 2007 04:03 IST

Three former officials of the Board of Secondary Education (BSE), Orissa, were arrested on Sunday by the state crime branch for their alleged role in the matriculation examination mark-sheet scandal involving the son of a former cabinet minister.

The arrested persons were former BSE Secretary Minaketan Pani, former Examination Controller Manmohan Swain and a Section Officer Nityananda Suttar, police said here.

They were summoned to the crime branch office in the afternoon for interrogation and were arrested immediately.

B K Sharma, Inspector General of Police, Crime Branch, said the arrests were made as there were sufficient documentary evidence against them showing their involvement in the manipulation of mark foils, change in marks and forgery.

Sharma indicated there could be more arrests as the investigation was still in progress.

"We are now looking into the beneficiaries in the case and

if possible the minister's son will also come into the purview of the investigation," he said.

The scandal had rocked the state in August when it was revealed that the state School and Mass Education Minister Bishnu Das' son, who passed the annual school leaving examination in May, obtained inflated marks in as many as five subjects and his aggregate jumped from 478 to 602 out of a total of 750.

Das' son was issued a second mark sheet (a fake one with corrections) without the approval of the BSE president and examination committee.

The minister was then forced to resign while Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik ordered an administrative inquiry by the Chief Secretary.

First Published: Nov 12, 2007 00:23 IST