Four more people, including two female candidates, were arrested by Gujarat’s Sabarkantha police on Wednesday for their alleged involvement in leaking a questionnaire from a December 12 exam for the recruitment of government secretaries, a senior official said. .
In addition, more than 34 lakh rupees in cash were recovered from the premises of the main defendant, Jayesh Patel, and his assistant Dipak Patel, both already arrested, it said.
With the latest arrest, the police have so far arrested 18 people involved in the alleged crime and recovered cash and other valuables worth Rs 78.46 lakh, Sabarkantha district SP Neeraj Badgujar said.
The written examination for the recruitment of 186 office heads was conducted in Gujarat centers on December 12 by the Gujarat Subordinate Services Selection Board (GSSSB), and nearly 88,000 applicants applied for the test. The exam was canceled after the paper leak episode came to light.
Those arrested on Wednesday were identified by police as Danabhai Dangar, Keyur Patel, Krupali Patel and Himani Desai.
Police also recovered 34.10 lakh rupees in cash from the premises of Jayesh Patel and his assistant Dipak Patel, who were previously arrested, the SP said.
While Dangar was involved in acquiring the question paper from the supervisor of a printing shop (where it was printed), Keyur Patel helped Jayesh Patel gather candidates in one place to solve the leaked paper. The two arrested candidates (Krupali Patel and Himani Desai) had taken the exam after acquiring and solving the leaked document of other defendants one day before the test, ” Badgujar said.
Notably, the Gujarat government on Tuesday canceled the written test in the “best interest” of nearly 88,000 candidates who had appeared and announced to take a new test in March.
After the leak of the paper came to light, a week ago an FIR for cheating (section 420 of IPC), criminal breach of trust (409) and criminal conspiracy (120-B) was filed at the Prantij police station from the Sabarkantha district.
So far, police investigations have revealed that Jayesh Patel, a native of the Unchha village of Prantij taluka, and other accused persons succeeded in acquiring the question paper from the supervisor of a printing press and sold it to more than 15 applicants and also assisted them. to solve the paper. in various places one day before the exam.
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