Pune, 12th December 2021: The Cyber Crime Police Station of Pune city police has arrested three persons including the director of a software company for allegedly leaking exam papers of the Maharashtra Housing and Area Development Authority (MHADA).
The examination was to be held today all over Maharashtra and the company was assigned the work of conducting the test.
The examination was cancelled after it was suspected that the paper had been leaked.
GA Software Technologies Private Limited Company Director Dr Pritesh Deshmukh and two agents Santosh Harkle and Ankush Harkle had come to Vishrantwadi last night to deliver papers. Police caught them red-handed, informed Pune Police Commissioner Amitabh Gupta during a press conference today.
How the MHADA Exam Paper Leak case was detected?
Pune Cyber Police Station has already arrested 14 accused of leaking papers of C and D class recruitment examinations of the health department. While investigating the case, cops learnt that an attempt is being made to leak the paper of the MHADA exam to be held on December 12 (today).
Commissioner of Police Gupta said, “Based on the information received, squads were formed sent to arrest the accused in Aurangabad, Jalna, Beed, Pune and Thane areas.
Ajay Chavan, director of Target Career Point and Krishna Jadhav, director of Saksham Academy, and others, who are currently living in Pune, and Santosh Harkal, now living in Pune had shown readiness to give the papers of the candidates sitting for the examination.
Police detained Ajay Chavan, Krishna Jadhav and his colleague Ankit Chankhore. They had the admit cards of three candidates appearing for MHADA exams, their original educational qualification certificates, blank cheques of 16 candidates sitting for Class C and 35 candidates sitting for Class D of the Health Department.
Following the information received, the teams deployed in Pune and Thane area tracked the movements of the suspects Santosh Harkal and Ankush Harkal and took them into custody from their vehicle. Pritesh Deshmukh was also found in their vehicle. A laptop and pen drive was seized from him which contained the MHADA exam papers.
The suspects, Santosh Harkal and Ankush Harkal, had suspicious conversations on their mobile phones in connection with MHADA’s written test and as well as lists and other documents pertaining to the health department’s test.
Police have arrested Dr Deshmukh (32) of Kharalwadi in Pimpri Chinchwad, Santosh Laxman Harkal (44) and Ankush Rambhau Harkal (42) of Aurangabad for offences under sections 406, 409, 120 (b), 34 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and section 3, 5, 6, 8 of the Maharashtra University, Board and other specified examinations to prevent irregularities in the examinations Act.
Police Inspector Kumar Ghadge, Inspector Meenal Patil and Police Sub Inspector Anil Daffal played important roles in the arrest of the accused.
Inspector Ankush Chintaman, who is conducting the investigation, produced the accused before the court of judicial magistrate (first class) PS Jondhale who remanded them to police custody till December 18. Adv Vijaysinh Thombare, who represented accused Deshmukh, opposed the police custody remand.
The investigation is being carried out under the supervision of Police Commissioner Amitabh Gupta, Joint Commissioner of Police Ravindra Shiswe, Additional Commissioner of Police, (Crime) Ramnath Pokale, Deputy Commissioner of Police (Cyber & EOW) Bhagyashree Navatke and ACP Vijaykumar Palsule.
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