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TGT scam: Court frames charges against two accused

Shiv Bahadur, government press employee, aided gang by leaking papers to Lucknow, Delhi; his accomplice Shailesh Kumar also charged with cheating

punjab Updated: Feb 02, 2018 13:48 IST
Aneesha Bedi
Aneesha Bedi
Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
The TGT-JBT exam for 1,150 posts for which papers were leaked was held in January-February 2015
The TGT-JBT exam for 1,150 posts for which papers were leaked was held in January-February 2015(HT File/Representative image )

A Chandigarh court has framed charges of cheating against two accused in the Trained Graduate Teacher (TGT) paper scam. The main accused Shiv Bahadur and his accomplice Shailesh Kumar have been charged under Section 420 (cheating and dishonestly inducing delivery of property) and 120b(criminal conspiracy) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).

The next date of case hearing is February 2. As per the challan, a sum of Rs 3.9 lakh was transferred in Shailesh’s SBI account in Varanasi and another Rs 21.25 lakh in his PNB account. The accused were also involved in other major scams, including the Vyapam scam in Madhya Pradesh, the Telangana medical paper leak of 2016 and the Chit Fund scam.

The TGT-JBT exam for 1,150 posts for which papers were leaked were held in January-February 2015.

The police is to submit supplementary challan against other accused and accordingly the charges will be framed against them. Earlier, the police had failed to file challan within the stipulated time of 90 days against the mastermind of the scam, and hence Mithilesh Pandey alias Sanjay Srivastav alias Guruji, including other accused, was granted bail by default by the Chandigarh district courts.

Running into 1,000 pages, the challan included 18 witnesses, including director, school education, Chandigarh administration, to prove the documents related to TGT recruitment and chief coordinator of Panjab University Institute of Applied Management Science to prove record related to PU exam centre.

Before this, the police had booked the accused under Sections 420 (cheating and dishonestly inducing delivery of property), 467 (forgery of valuable security, will, etc), 468 (forgery for purpose of cheating) 471 (using as genuine as forged 1[document or electronic record]) and 120b (punishment for criminal conspiracy) of the IPC in December 2017.

The TGT-JBT exam for 1,150 posts for which papers were leaked was held in January-February 2015. The vigilance bureau officials had claimed that the examinations were conducted in Panjab University , while question papers were printed in Delhi.

At Delhi, agents of Guruji and two other men, Dinesh Yadav and Suresh Yadav, were posted to facilitate the question paper leak. Shiv Bahadur, the government press employee, was the one to aid the gang by leaking papers to Lucknow and New Delhi.

The question papers were sold for a price ranging between Rs 10 lakh and Rs 40 lakh. The paper was leaked from a Delhi-based printing press. The UT police registered a case following a communication from the Punjab Vigilance Bureau on July 19, 2016.

The challan in the JBT scam was also filed against 17 accused, including Shiv Bahadur and Shailesh last week.

A special investigation team (SIT) was constituted in August 2016. The accused gave the question paper to the aspirants two days before the examination so that they could memorise the questions and answers and walk into the exam without any chits or other telltale aids.

First Published: Feb 02, 2018 13:48 IST

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