The Cheat Sheet

Leaked pa­pers and a new re­cruit­ment scam in the state

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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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