Panchayat Accounts Assistant paper leaked, OMR sheets replaced, claims CBI

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During the ongoing investigations by the Central Bureau of Investigations (CBI) in the Services Selection Board (SSB) exam scam, it has surfaced that OMR sheets had also been replaced in lieu of money while question paper of Panchayat Assistants had also been leaked and a deal of 4 crore rupees was struck between paper leakers of Haryana and Jammu-based scamsters for upcoming examination of Foresters, Daily excelsior reported.

According to the report, three senior ranking officers of the SSB were involved in replacing OMR sheets in the exams. So far, the replacement of 28 OMR sheets has been noticed and more sheets are being scrutinized to see how deep the roots of the sheets replacement scams were in the SSB.

A change of OMR sheets was detected as signatures of the invigilators in the exam centre didn’t match the OMR sheets available with the SSB.

“This clearly means that OMR sheets signed by the Invigilators after completion of the paper at the examination centre were replaced and someone else signed for the Invigilators hoping that it will never be detected as none in the SSB earlier anticipated the Government and CBI crackdown on the Board,” sources said.

“Possibility of change of more OMR sheets in the past is also not ruled out as some of the officials remained posted in the SSB for a long time till the Government decided to remove all of them excepting the incumbent Chairman as no exam was held during his tenure,” sources said.

Noting that exams of not only Sub Inspectors in Jammu and Kashmir Police, Financial Accounts Assistants and JE Civil were leaked by the scamsters (which have since been canceled by Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha), but in the past, the question paper of Panchayat Assistants was also leaked, reads the report.

Even the deal had also been struck for 4 crore rupees between paper leakers of Rewari, Mahendergarh and other places of Haryana and scamsters of Jammu, mostly based in parts of Akhnoor, for leaking the upcoming question paper of Foresters.

“Amount was to be paid by Jammu scamsters to their associates in Haryana and all those associated with leakage of question papers after collections from candidates of Jammu Kashmir,” sources said.

Meanwhile, Chief Judicial Magistrate (CJM) Jammu Amarjeet Singh Langeh today granted seven days of police remand of three accused and three days remand of two others in a much publicized SI paper leak scam.

Rakesh Kumar, son of Sham Lal of Mawa Brahmana, Kewal Krishan, son of Tarsem Lal of Choudhariwala Khour and Ashwani Kumar, son of Mela Ram of Kachrial Khour have been remanded to seven days of police custody while Yatin Yadav, son of Des Raj of Rewari and Anil Kumar, son of Om Parkash of Mahendergarh Haryana have been remanded to three days custody, as per the report.

The court observed: “Having regard to the investigation carried out so far and considering the stage of investigation, a case for grant of further police remand in respect of accused is made out by Investigating Agency. Accordingly, accused are remanded to further police custody.”

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