Eight Mumbai varsity employees arrested for answer- paper scam
Mumbai: Blowing the lid of what seems to be a huge engineering exam answer- sheet scam, the Mumbai police on Saturday claimed that they had arrested eight staff members of the Mumbai University.
The police said that the suspects have been running the racket for the past few years and the modus operandi involved providing students their own answersheets after the exam was over for a huge sum of money.
The students would then write the answers at home and would return it to the suspects, who would then put them back in the stack of answer- sheets in the university.
Deputy Commissioner of Police ( DCP) ( Zone VI) Sangramsingh Nishandar said, “The Bhandup police had got a tip- off that an engineering student who is in his final year had received his answersheets by bribing peons and officials of the university. After questioning the student, the police discovered a 30- page answer- sheet, which had the name of Mumbai University on the front page along with the serial number, question paper code number and the candidate’s seat number. The answer paper also had the date of examination mentioned as May 11, 2016, with a stamp and signature done by the supervisor.”
Speaking to dna, senior police inspector of Bhandup police, Shripad Kale said: “Our investigations revealed that the accused were supplying the answer papers to students after the semester examinations. They would give the papers to the students and asked their friends to make more money.”
According to the Bhandup police, those who have been arrested include four clerks, three peons and a custodian of answer- sheets.
After arresting the accused, the police have seized 92 answersheets, which were about to be supplied to students . The seized papers belong to the engineering faculty, whose semester examination was conducted recently.
According to the police, the suspects were charging anywhere between Rs 15,000 to Rs 20,000 per answer- sheet from students. After paying the money, the students would complete, manipulate, cancel their answers written previously, and, at some instances, the answer- sheets were taken home by the students.