New Delhi, December 1
The Special Task Force (STF) of UP Police arrested one from Noida in connection with the UPTET (Uttar Pradesh Teacher Eligibility Test) exam paper leak in UP.
After the UP Government was alerted about the paper leak, the STF was handed over the investigations in the case.
The STF arrested Rai Anup Prasad from Noida, director of RSM Finserv Limited also runs a paper printing company. 27 people from UP and Bihar have been held so far in this case including five of a gang who facilitated the leak.
These accused identified as Dharmendra, Manish, and Ravi (while the fourth who is on the run) told police in their interrogation that they had been involved in 60 such cases and received Rs 50,000 each for solving papers.
The STF had recovered a car, 50 photocopies of the question paper, and Rs 17,000 were from the three accused.
Following the arrests, the state government suspended secretary of Examination Regulatory Authority, Sanjay Upadhyaya, in connection with the leak of the question paper of teachers’ recruitment examination.
Sanjay Upadhyaya has been suspended for failing to maintain the sanctity of the examination, sources said.
The government also cancelled the Uttar Pradesh Teacher Eligibility Test or UPTET, 2021 shortly before the exam was set to begin at 1,754 centres across the state. Over 19 lakh candidates were slated to appear in the exam.
Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath had announced that those arrested for the paper leak will be charged under the stringent National Security Act (NSA).
The police stated that the accused have been booked under relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC), Information Technology (IT) Act and UP Public Examinations (Prevention of Unfair Means) Act.