The Uttar Pradesh Police (STF) Special Task Force arrested state Examination Regulatory Authority secretary Sanjay Upadhyay on Wednesday in connection with the leak of the Uttar Pradesh Teacher Eligibility Test (UPTET) questionnaire. ) 2021.
The arrest It came a day after the government suspended Upadhyay. With this, the STF has arrested 32 people in the case so far. The agency said it arrested Upadhyay, who took over as secretary of the regulatory body in March, after he failed to provide satisfactory answers during questioning on Tuesday.
Sunday morning the government canceled the exam shortly before it began at 1,754 centers statewide after the question paper began circulating on social media. The police did not take long to verify that it was the same as the inspection authority had set. More than 19 lakhs of candidates were expected to appear for the test.
On the first day, the STF arrested people who were residents of Uttar Pradesh and Bihar. During the investigation, investigators learned that Upadhyay had awarded the UPTET questionnaire printing contract to a Delhi company. The STF tracked down the company’s director, Anup Rai Prasad, and found that he did not have a printing press. Police said Prasad outsourced printing to a company that owned a computer lab and had previously organized an online test. Sources said it was the first time the company had received a contract to print question papers. The STF arrested Prasad on Tuesday after lengthy questioning.
STF (SP) Police Superintendent Hemraj Meena said Upadhyay was guilty of violating the confidentiality protocol governing the printing of question paper. The SP said investigators were still trying to piece together where and how the document was leaked.
STF Additional Director General Amitabh Yash said 10 cases had been filed in connection with the leak of paper. The government has announced that the exam is likely to take place next month. The government has said that candidates will not have to fill out forms or pay exam fees again.