On Thursday, the SIT of Hyderabad police arrested three more people who allegedly purchased the Telangana State Public Service Commission (TSPSC) Assistant Engineer (AE) exam question paper.
Bharat Naik, Pasikanti Rohit Kumar, and Gade Sai Madhulu are the three people who have been arrested. The deal was allegedly stuck for Rs. 3 lakh, and the trio had paid an advance of Rs. 1 lakh to Pula Ravi Kishore, another accused who was previously arrested by the SIT on Wednesday. All three people are linked to Suresh, a former TSPSC employee.
The Hyderabad police Special Investigation Team (SIT) is delving deeper into the scam, with three new people arrested on Thursday. The total number of arrests is now 42.
According to informed sources in the SIT team, prime suspects Praveen Kumar, assistant section officer-cum-personal assistant of TSPSC secretary, and Rajasekhar Reddy, TSPSC network administrator, leaked nearly 15 question papers.
The SIT compiled a list of the 100 toppers in each exam and is currently verifying their information, including Call Detail Records (CDR), before proceeding with the case. As part of the investigation, the teams traveled to various districts in Telangana.
During their investigation, the police discovered that the middlemen obtained a list of candidates who applied for the TSPSC exam and contacted them after purchasing the question paper from Rajasekhar Reddy and Praveen Kumar.
Initially, the Begum Bazaar police filed a case against nine people in connection with the TSPSC paper leak and brought them before the court. The case has been assigned to the Special Investigation Team, and the investigation is being overseen by Additional CP (Crimes) A R Srinivas. Praveen Kumar, Rajasekhar Reddy, Renuka – a Hindi pandit and her husband Dakiya Naik who works with the rural development department, are among those arrested in the case.
Rajasekhar had obtained a section officer’s login information and used it to log into the confidential system’s computers and copy question papers onto a pen drive.
A parallel investigation into alleged money laundering is being conducted by the Enforcement Directorate. The ED believes that large amounts of money have changed hands and verifying the bank accounts of the suspects arrested. The ED questioned several persons including the suspects and the TSPSC officials in the case.
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