Army exam paper leak: Arrested major sent to seven days in police custody

Army exam paper leak: Arrested major sent to seven days in police custody

On Monday, a special court in Pune remanded a 45 year old Indian Army major to seven days in police custody. The Major was arrested in connection with army recruitment exam paper leak case and was brought to Pune on Sunday from Tamil Nadu where he was posted.

On Monday, the arrested man identified as Major Thiru Murugan was remanded to police custody till March 15.  Murugan will be in custody of the Special investigation team. The team was constituted by the Pune police to investigate the matter.

The all-India Army Relation Recruitment examination was scheduled for February 28. It had to be cancelled as the paper leaked before the exam. The leaked paper matched 100% with the real paper. Murugan who was arrested on Sunday, was sixth person to be arrested in this case.

On Monday afternoon, Crime Branch ACP Laxman Borate produced accused Major before the court of Special Judge Satyanarayan Navandar at the District Court premises in Shivajinagar. The police sought his custody and asserted that some messages were deleted by the accused and further investigation in the matter is needed.

While arguing, public prosecutor Premkumar Agarwal said, “After the arrest of the first accused in the case, the investigation led the police to the present accused. The paper was 100 per cent stolen. It was forwarded from his WhatsApp account. The investigation is about where he got it from. Some of the earlier arrested were found with copies of the question paper.”

Public Prosecutor further said, “The accused has deleted WhatsApp conversation and it has to be retrieved.”

Defence lawyer Rahul Lonandkar  opposed the police custody and said, “Deleted WhatsApp conversation can be retrieved by experts without custody of the accused.”

After hearing both the sides, the court granted the remand. In its order the court stated that accused Major Thiru Murugan is a ‘key person’ in the paper leak case.

The police revealed that about 30,000 candidates were to appear for the common entrance exam at 40 centres across India.

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