The police have cracked the Tumkur University degree exam question papers leak case, exposing the varsity’s loopholes.
Tilak Park police have arrested three of the accused, Brahmaiah, a watchman at the Vidyodaya First Grade College, Shaik Javid Ahmed, a BCom student and another student Manjunatha of Cheelanahalli, in Madhugiri taluk.
The duplicate keys and an iron box which they used for the crime were seized.
The key-accused Brahmaiah who was on good terms with principal Chandranna, had got the duplicate keys of the cupboards of the college office. He and his accomplices entered the office and opened the cupboards on the night of October 27, 2012. They took the sealed covers with the question papers of 15 subjects to the rented house of Manjunatha. They took one copy of each paper and resealed and ironed the covers to give an impression that they were intact, and kept them back in the cupboards.
However, as the news of question papers being leaked spread, the varsity postponed the degree examinations to the next day. SP Raman Gupta told newsmen that the varsity erred by dispatching the question papers almost two weeks early on October 10, 2012. Registrar evaluation Prof T K Lakshmikantha while admitting the mistake, clarified that the varsity always dispatched the question papers to the centres well in advance, and this would be rectified.
Usually the varsities and examination boards send the question papers to the district treasury a day early, which is dispatched to the centres a couple of hours ahead of the examination.