Pune, 17th December 2021: The Cyber Police Station of Pune City Police has arrested Tukaram Namdev Supe, Commissioner of Maharashtra State Council of Examination (MSCE) and Abhishek Savarikar, Advisor to the Education Department, on charges of embezzling crores of rupees by tampering with the results of Teacher Eligibility Test (TET) 2019-20.
Addressing a press conference today, Commissioner of Police Amitabh Gupta informed that the accused had taken Rs 50,000 to Rs one lakh from one candidate and collected Rs 4.2 crores which they had divided among themselves.
“Supe had received Rs 1.7 crore, Savrikar got Rs 1.25 crore while Dr Pritish Deshmukh, Director of GA Software Technologies Pvt Ltd which had got contract of conducting recruitment exams for various departments, had taken Rs 1.25 Crore. Our team has seized Rs 88.49 lakh cash, 5 gm gold coins, 50 gm gold jewelery and a fixed deposit of Rs 5 lakh 50 thousand from Supe’s house”, Gupta said.
Joint Commissioner of Police Dr Ravindra Shiswe, Deputy Commissioner of Police (Cyber Crime & EOW) Bhagyashree Navatke, ACP Vijaykumar Palsule were also present during the press conference.
Last week while investigating the MHADA recruitment exam paper leak case, Pune Police Dr Pritish Deshmukh of Kharalwadi, Pimpri, Ankush Rambhau Harkal and Santosh Laxman Harkal of Aurangabad, were arrested.
“A search of Deshmukh’s house led to the recovery of hall tickets of more than 40 students who had failed the TET exams. The name of Supe, the commissioner of the state examination council, came up in this inquiry. He was then summoned by cyber police for questioning on Thursday. He was arrested after his role was established”, Police Commissioner Gupta said.
According to the police, the TET examination was held on January 19, 2020. The accused Supe, Savrikar and Dr Deshmukh had conspired and with the help of agents, information of some candidates was obtained. They were lured with extra marks before the exam and Rs 50,000 to Rs 1 lakh was taken from them. The accused collected Rs 4.2 crore and distributed it among themselves to qualify the students for the examination.
Police said that while conducting the TET examination process, the company was found committing various irregularities like not submitting CCTV footage while checking OMR answer sheets and conducting scanning on its own without informing the MSCE. Therefore, the company was blacklisted. However, Supe got the company removed from the blacklist.
Now, an FIR has been registered against him and others at Cyber police station for offences under the Indian Penal Code and Maharashtra Prevention of Malpractices at University, Board and Other Specified Examinations Act.
Further investigation is being carried out the guidance of Additional Commissioner of Police (Crime) Ramnath Pokale, Additional Commissioner of Police (Crime). The team includes Police Inspector Kumar Ghadge, DS Hake, Minal Patil, Ankush Chintaman, Sangita Mali, PSI Daffal, Waghmare, Padwal, Gawari, and police personnel Sandesh Karne, Nitin Chandne, Navnath Jadhav, Sachin Waje, Anil Pundalik, Mansi More and Police Inspector Shivale, Khedekar and Koli from Economic Offences Wing (EOW).
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