Pune City Police arrested Sukhdeo Dere (60), former commissioner of the Maharashtra State Examination Council (MSCE) and Ashwinkumar Shivkumar (41), former director of GA Software Technologies Private Limited , for alleged misconduct in the statewide teacher eligibility test. (TET) held in 2018.
A press release issued on Tuesday said the defendants were allegedly involved in forging the marks of around 600 candidates who sat for the exam held on July 15, 2018. Police said the defendants and their accomplices would have taken 50,000 to 60,000 Rs per candidate. instead of including their names in the list of those who passed the exam.
A separate FIR has been filed against Dere and Shivkumar at Cyber Police Station under Sections 409, 420, 465, 467, 468 and 34 of Indian Penal Code and Sections of Maharashtra Prevention of Malpractice Act at university, board and other specified examinations. .
The cyber police station previously arrested Dr Pritish Deshmukh (32), the current director of GA Software, as well as Ankush Harkal (44) from Buldhana and Santosh Harkal (42) from Aurangabad, during the ongoing investigation into an alleged paper leak in the recruitment process. of the Maharashtra Housing and Area Development Authority (MHADA).
In addition, the police arrested MSCE Commissioner Tukaram Supe and Ministry of Education consultant Abhijit Savrikar, based on clues obtained from the defendants. Supe and Savrikar were allegedly involved in forging the notes of a few candidates who appeared at the statewide TET held in January 2020.
Police said the investigation revealed that Supe, Deshmukh, Savrikar, Ankush and Santosh Harkal as well as a man called Saurabh Tripathi also allegedly committed similar malpractices during the TET held in 2018 with the help of Dere and Shivkumar. .
At a press conference on Tuesday, Pune City Police Commissioner Amitabh Gupta said evidence against Dere and Shivkumar had been gathered from the laptop, USB stick and other seizures made on the other arrested defendants. On this basis, police arrested Dere, who has now retired from service and resides in Ahmednagar district. Shivkumar was arrested in Bangalore.
Police Inspector Ajay Waghmare of Cyber Police Station produced the duo in a Pune court on Tuesday afternoon.
Police told the court the accused allegedly collected around 3 crore rupees from candidates for tampering with their TET scores. They said they wanted to investigate the distribution of this money between the accused and their accomplices. Police said GA Software was awarded the state government contract to conduct recruitment exams for various government positions. Defendants working with the company were given access to the website, which they misused for alleged professional misconduct at TET, police said, adding that they wanted to recover documents relating to it.
The court then placed the two defendants in police custody until December 27. Police also named Supe, Deshmukh and four others, who had previously been arrested for another offense, as wanted defendants in the 2018 case.