DEHRADUN: Uttarakhand Special Task Force (STF) has arrested a total of 15 accused, including an employee of the state secretariat, in the alleged paper leak scam of the Uttarakhand Subordinate Staff Selection Commission (UKSSSC).
One of the accused arrested in the case is Gaurav Chauhan, an additional private secretary working in the Public Works and Forest Department of the state secretariat.
The police have also traced 50 candidates who appeared in the exams in December 2021 using the leaked paper.
“We have traced at least 50 candidates who have received leaked question papers. The investigation is on into the matter,” said Ashok Kumar, director general of police. “I am also recommending a medal to the team of STF for the distinguished work in the case,” he added.
The commission conducted the graduation level examination on December 4 and 5, 2021, in three shifts in which about 160,000 candidates appeared and 916 candidates were selected.
During the investigation, some of the suspected selected candidates were questioned. A total of 15 accused have been arrested so far on the basis of interrogation, backed by physical and electronic evidence, of the suspected candidates.
The paper was stolen from the printing press by the accused, Abhishek Verma, an employee, on November 29, 2021, just 4-5 days before the examination.
All three sets of question papers were sent to Jaijit Das, who worked as a programmer at the printing press, through different means. Das gave these question papers to Manoj Joshi, a former contract employee at UKSSSC, and Deepak Chauhan, another accused. Joshi and one Gaurav Negi solved the papers in a resort in Ramnagar and at a house in Kashipur.
Joshi, along with Kulveer and Shoorveer Chauhan, provided these question papers to some other candidates. These question papers were also made available to some other candidates by Negi’s brother-in-law Himanshu Kandpal, along with his partners Mahendra Chauhan, Deepak Sharma and Amrish Kumar.
DGP Kumar said that during the investigation, sufficient evidence had been received against all the accused. So far, ₹83 lakh has been recovered in cash. Police have frozen suspicious bank accounts used by the accused. Police have also seized mobile phones and laptops in relation to the case.