Notwithstanding all the denials by the Gujarat Government, the State’s own police appear to be close to establishing that the question paper of the December 12 head clerks exam was indeed leaked.
The alleged scam has already put a huge question mark over the future of as many as 88,000 candidates who appeared for the exams to fill 186 posts held by the Gujarat Subordinate Services Selection Board (GSSSB).
While the government has refrained from spelling out anything, sources claim that the GSSSB would have to hold the exam again and withhold or cancel the result of the December 12 test.
While the GSSSB continued to claim that it had not received any complaint of a leak, the State Government was forced to appoint a police inquiry with as many as 16 teams being drafted to get to the bottom of the serious allegations.
The Crime Branch, which is investigating the allegations of the paper leak, has identified one Jayesh Patel and his nephew Deval of Prantij in North Gujarat’s Sabarkantha district as the kingpin of the paper leak. There are allegations that the paper was sold anywhere from Rs 4 lakh to Rs 10 lakh.
The investigating team is also learnt to have interrogated 16 people, including four teachers and a college principal, in the paper leak scam.
Yuvrajsinh Jadeja, the vice-president of the youth wing of the Gujarat unit of Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), who blew the whistle on the alleged scam, submitted a memorandum at the GSSSB office. He reiterated his charges that the paper was leaked and huge money had changed hands.
Speaking to reporters in Gandhinagar on Thursday, Jadeja said, “I have given the memorandum, but will also submit it with all the evidences to Minister of State for Home Harsh Sanghavi” on Friday. The youth leader, who had pointed fingers at the Board’s chairman, Asit Vora, stated that he did not trust him.
He asserted that the GSSSB would have to lodge a police complaint in the paper leak and threatened that if the Board refrained from doing so, he was ready to be the complainant. “We give a 72-hour ultimatum to the State Government,” he asserted.
Meanwhile, State Education Minister and a spokesperson of the government, Jitubhai Vaghani said Vora had been diligently and honestly doing his work and “we will not take action against anyone just because somebody makes allegations.