Two PE teachers in judicial custody
Bengaluru (DHNS): Two physical education teachers arrested in connection with the second PU chemistry paper leak have been remanded in judicial custody till April 16.
The Criminal Investigation Department (CID) police produced Anil and Satish before the first Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate court on Thursday. The public prosecutor for the CID pleaded with the judge to remand the two in police custody for further questioning, said the police.
Anil, a resident of Malleswaram and teacher at Poornaprajna College in Sadashivanagar, and Satish, a resident of Matthikere and teacher with the government high school in Palace Guttalli, were arrested by the CID on Wednesday after Manjunath, one the suspects in the case, disclosed their involvement in the racket.
The CID has decided to interrogate the five suspects arrested so far – Manjunath, Obalaraju, Rudrappa, Satish and Anil separately.
The CID sleuths, meanwhile, have intensified the search for the three prime suspects – Shivakumaraiah, Dinesh and Kiran. The police are searching for them at various religious centres and in the neighbouring states.
“We have concluded that Shivakumaraiah, Dinesh and Kiran masterminded the chemistry paper leak on March 21 and 31. The materials seized so far and the details obtained during the interrogation of the five suspects strongly suggest the involvement of the trio. They connived with the treasury staff and the PU Board officials and leaked the question paper,” said a senior police officer.
They have evolved a strong network of their men across the state to sell the leaked papers. A majority of the networking members are physical education teachers and private tutors. There are some teachers who operate private tutorials in North Karnataka and coastal Karnataka in benami names, said the officer.
The police are trying to collect evidence to ascertain if all the papers of the PU examinations were leaked. “We are in touch with some students and parents after the media reported about the leak of papers of all the subjects. There are a few handwritten papers and original question papers, but there is no mechanism to prove that the students had got the handwritten papers much before the start of the examination,” added the police.
“We have not got any digital evidence in the form of WhatsApp posts or mails about the leak of other papers. The investigation will take a different turn if anybody submits such an evidence,” said a senior officer and requested the students to be in touch with the CID staff in case they possess any incriminating evidences. The CID has decided to question a few students after the chemistry re-examination concludes. The police said they may also question the family members of the five arrested suspects.
Anil and (right) Satish