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Paper leak nexus: Police custody of 5 accused extended

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PUNE Pune police in custody of Pritish Deshmukh of GA Software company, Maharashtra State Examination Council (MSCE) Commissioner Tukaram Supe, two Harkal brothers (Ankush and Santosh) believed to be the head of the agent network and a consultant working with the education department Abhishek Savrikar on Thursday.

The extension was granted based on the email extracted from the seized devices to all the defendants.

While brothers Deshmukh and Harkal were arrested in the case of a leaking questionnaire on the Maharashtra Housing and Area Development Authority (Mhada) Recruitment Examination, Supe and Savrikar were arrested for tampering with the answer sheets and the results of the Teacher Eligibility Test (TET) for 2020-2018. Both cases were heard in the court of First Class Magistrate SJ Dolare.

“One of the defendants has defined the role of multiple agents in the case. The email extraction has provided several links in the case. Multiple new arrests are expected as the scope of the case increases and all must be questioned together, ”said Police Inspector Ankush Chintaman from the cyber police station investigating the Mhada case.

“The links to the 2018 TET case were found from the seized material and the interrogation of these defendants. Their additional custody is necessary, ”said prosecutor Vijaysinh Jadhav.

However, Deshmukh’s defense attorney, defender Vijaysinh Thombre said: “There has been no recovery from Deshmukh in 12 days in police custody. Devices like my laptop and phone are already seized. There is no longer a need to keep me in police custody. “

Adding to her argument, defender Pratima Pawar, representing the Harkal brothers, said: “The only way to recover my clients has been the laptop and the phone. This is his third pretrial detention and no changes have been made to the reasons for requesting pretrial detention. They say things out of formality just to keep them in custody, although they have had enough opportunity to question them. “

Brothers Deshmukh and Harkal were placed in preventive detention until December 25 by the court. While Supe and Savrikar were detained until December 30 by the court. Police Inspector Kumar Ghadage is investigating the 2019-2020 TET case.

During the 2019-2020 TET case hearing, defense attorney Harshad Nimbalkar stated that the police do not need more custody of their clients, Supe and Savrikar.

“The police have demanded the recovery of Rs 2.56 crore cash and gold 68 lakh from Supe. While at first they said that I received 1.75 million rupees, ”said Nimbalkar. It further added that Savrikar, who acted as a consultant and is not involved with either MSCE or the GA Software company, was not recovered.

Deshmukh is charged in at least two of the four cases recorded by the Pune Cyber ​​Police. While there is no monetary recovery from him, he was found in possession of electronic documents related to multiple examinations during his arrest when he was sitting in a car with the Harkal brothers.

Defendant health department seeks bail

Seven of the 18 arrested in the case for leaking a health department group D questionnaire have requested bail in the case since their police custody has ended. On Wednesday, the court denied bail to three of them.

Those who requested bail have been identified as Vijay Murhade (29), Anil Gaikwad (31), Baban Mundhe (48), Sandeep Bhutekar (38), Sandeep Jagtap (28), Mahesh Botle (53) and Shyam Mhaske (38). ).), according to prosecutor Vijaysinh Jadhav.

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