The Cheat Sheet
Leaked papers and a new recruitment scam in the state
By Amitabh Srivastava
On February 6, a concerned Chief Minister Nitish Kumar ordered a special investigation team (SIT) headed by Patna SSP Manu Maharaj to investigate rumours suggesting a question paper leak in the second phase of the Bihar Staff Selection Commission’s (BSSC) exam, held to fill 13,000 clerical grade vacancies. Just 24 hours later, the state was forced to scrap the four-phase exam.
Early findings by the SIT indicate that at Rs 5 lakh apiece, some 1,000 aspirants fixed deals to pay Rs 50 crore for the leaked question paper. Among the 28 people arrested so far is BSSC’s secretary and state administrative service (SAS) officer Parmeshwar Ram, believed to be the mastermind. His cellphone had names of select aspirants; text messages and calls from influential people, including politicians—all now in the SIT’s possession. The modus operandi included a WhatsApp group for candidates who had made advance payments.
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