Pune City Police on Friday arrested two people, including a private training course operator, in connection with the alleged leak of the questionnaire for the C and D grade recruiting exam of the Department of Health’s ‘State of Maharashtra.
Police have identified the two accused as Pavan Mundhe and Suresh Jagtap whose arrests have brought the number of arrests made in the case to four to four.
Police previously arrested Arun Dagadu Gaikwad and Vijay Prahlad Murhade (29), both from Ambad in Jalna district. Jagtap is known to run a private coaching course.
After their arrest, Mundhe and Jagtap were brought before a court in Pune which took them into police custody until December 7 for further investigation.
Gaikwad and Murhade are already in police custody. Police said more arrests were likely in the case.
Smita Koregaonkar, head of administration of the health department, had filed the first information report (FIR) on the case at the Cyber Police Station in Pune City last week on Friday.
In accordance with the FIR, the answers to 92 of the 100 questions in the exam copy were disclosed and disseminated on social media. Police jailed the accused under sections 406, 420 and 34 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and sections of the Prevention of Malpractices in Maharashtra University, Counseling and Other Specified Examinations Act 1982. .
The written recruitment exam for C and D grade posts in the Maharashtra State Department of Health was scheduled at various centers on October 31, between 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. But the exam document was leaked and circulated on social media a few hours before the exams started, around 8:30 a.m.
The screenshot in this regard that circulated on social media was named Murhade, police said. It is suspected that Gaikwad received the leaked paper on his Instagram account on October 31. Police are investigating alleged financial transactions between the arrested and wanted defendants.