The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has launched a massive operation to bust a racket of leaking question and answer papers of the railway exam for non-graduate posts. The CBI conducted searches at around 12 locations in Gujarat, Mumbai and Buxar, and recovered digital evidence and incriminating documents.
The CBI has registered a case against 15 persons, including some employees of M/s Aptech Consultancy Ltd, which was entrusted with conducting the computer-based test for the General Departmental Competitive Examination (GDCE) by the Western Railway. The exam was held on January 1, 2021, for posts such as Junior Clerk cum Typist and Trains Clerk, and was attended by 8,603 candidates across 28 centers in six cities.
The case was filed after a complaint by the Western Railway, which alleged that the question and answer papers were leaked by some railway officials and other unknown persons, including staff of M/s Aptech Consultancy Ltd. The CBI sources said that the forensic analysis confirmed that the leaked paper was handled by multiple staff members of the consultancy firm.
The CBI also found that some candidates had received the paper and answers through WhatsApp and physical meetings before the exam, and had paid hefty amounts for the same. The CBI has appealed to the public to cooperate with the investigation and provide any information related to the case.
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