Karnataka Chemistry paper leak: Minister's assistant, 2 others arrested

Bengaluru: The CID on Monday arrested three people including the personal assistant of a Karnataka minister for leaking of the question paper for the pre-university course (PUC) chemistry re-exam on March 31.

 The exam has now been rescheduled to April 12.

The investigation agency has arrested Oblaraju, PA to medical education minister Sharan Prakash Patil, Rudrappa, a PWD officer, and Manjunath, a physical education teacher in the private-run Cambridge College in the city's western suburb of Vijayanagar.

According to reports, Manjunath, who got the paper first, allegedly sold it to Oblaraju for Rs 10 lakh, who in turn, allegedly sold it to Rudrappa for Rs 14 lakh and he sold it for an unspecified amount to coaching institutes and tutorial colleges, which circulated to its students across the state.

The three accused were also allegedly behind the paper leak the first time on March 21 and investigation into that case led the CID to their detention, questioning and arrest under relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).

The paper leak for the second time led to the suspension of 40 officials in the PU board exam division from joint director to class four employee (peon) on the same day (March 31) and transfer of board director Pallavi Akurathi, a 2009 batch IAS officer, to another state department on April 1.

Karnataka board Chemistry paper that was scheduled to be held on March 21, was cancelled and rescheduled to March 31 following a leak in the paper. However, the paper got cancelled again before it could be held affecting around 1.74 lakh candidates and triggering angry protests by students and their parents.

News24 Bureau