A week after the question paper of the Group II examination conducted by the Tamil Nadu Public Service Commission was leaked leading to its cancellation, investigators have managed to trace the address of Balan, suspected kingpin in the racket based in Chennai.
Police managed to track down Balan’s address in Vyasarpadi, a neighbourhood in North Chennai, based on the address proof furnished by the latter while availing himself of a mobile phone service connection.
One of the accused who was arrested last week had provided information to Erode police about Balan’s role in leaking the question paper. The accused had allegedly identified Balan as the key man, stating that he had obtained a copy of the question paper two days ahead of the conduct of the Group II exam. Balan had allegedly circulated the manuscript to over a 100 agents across Tamil Nadu via e-mail. Initially, police had managed to establish telephonic contact with Balan using the cell phone of co-accused Varadarajan, a teacher with a private teachers’ training institute. However, later Balan’s mobile phone was switched off.
Cops traced his address and a team from Erode camped in Chennai hoping to arrest him but Balan managed to escape. Police were trying to get his photograph and details about his family as given in the ration card.