Six people arrested for allegedly leaking Saurashtra University’s third semester economics questionnaire from the Bachelor of Commerce (B.Com) exam were sent into police custody for five days on Sunday.
Dilawar Kureshi, director of Sardar Patel Law College (SPLC) in Babra city of Amreli district, and five others arrested by university police in Rajkot city on Saturday were brought before a local court on Sunday. The five include SPLC secretary Rahul Panchasara and pawn Bhikhu Sejaliya, as well as Paras Rajgor, Divyesh Dhaduk and Ellise Chowatiya, third-semester BCom students at different UB-affiliated universities.
“We presented them to the court with a request in which they requested their preventive detention for their custody questioning.” said Inspector AS Chavda, in charge of the university police station.
“The court granted our declaration and sent the six defendants to police custody for five days,” he added.
All six were arrested on December 23, a day after they allegedly leaked the economics exam questionnaire, and were formally arrested on Saturday.
According to police, Kureshi clicked on photos on the question paper on his smartphone and sent them to the employee via WhatsApp.
The employee, in turn, sent it to Rajgor, who allegedly shared it with his friend Dhaduk. Dhaduk forwarded it to his friend Chow-atiya, who shared it in a WhatsApp group, an hour before the scheduled start of the exam for that topic on December 22.
About 18,000 students had taken the exam that day. After the police investigation revealed that the questionnaire was leaked, the SU declared the exam void and rescheduled it for January 3.
According to the police, the director claimed that he had leaked the newspaper at the request of Sejaliya, who wanted to help his relative, Rajgor.
“The director has stuck to his statement and added that no money was exchanged for it. More investigations are being carried out, ”added Chavda.
On Saturday, SU removed SPLC from the list of test centers and announced that recognition of the university principal’s educational qualification will be canceled. The university also said that the process will begin to revoke the affiliation granted to SPLC and that the enrollment of the three students involved in the infraction will be definitively canceled.