Three folks, together with an ex-serviceman, have been arrested after query papers of an Army recruitment examination had been leaked. The exam, scheduled to be held at numerous places throughout India on Sunday, has been cancelled.
Based on intelligence inputs, a joint operation was performed by the Pune-headquartered Southern Command’s Military Intelligence unit and the anti-extortion cell of the Pune police Crime Branch on the intervening night time of Saturday and Sunday. The operation concerned raids at numerous places, which led to the restoration of a query paper of the Common Entrance Exam (CEE) for recruitment of Soldier (General Duty), sources instructed The Indian Express.
After confirming that the recovered query paper was in incontrovertible fact that of the scheduled examination, Army authorities cancelled it, stated a senior officer. The revised dates of the recruitment course of might be introduced in due course of time, he added.
Another Army officer stated the examination needed to be cancelled “due to the zero-tolerance coverage in the direction of corrupt practices in recruitment and likewise contemplating the gravity of the case.”
The Pune Police have up to now arrested three folks, together with one Army ex-serviceman and two civilians. Investigation is underway to learn how the paper was leaked and the way the suspects had been distributing it. The potential involvement of serving personnel can be being investigated.
Probe has revealed that the suspects had been allegedly charging Rs 4 to Rs 5 lakh from every candidate for an exam paper, and had approached aspirants from Pune, Kolhapur, Satara, Sangli, Belgaum districts and likewise these from different states.
In an identical case in 2017, the Army had cancelled an exam for soldier recruitment after unearthing of a racket in which the exam paper was leaked and distributed to candidates in trade for giant sums.