The Gujarat Congress has made a startling allegation that the owners of the printing press found involved in the December 12 head clerks exam paper have links with the BJP and the RSS.
The party has disclosed that the printing press in question, Surya Offset, printed four editions of a book on the emergency written by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in 1978.
The Gujarati book, Sangharsh Maa Gujarat, was published by Image Publications and printed by Surya Offset, the press found involved in the paper leak, owned by Mudresh Purohit.
The first edition was printed in January 1978, next in March that year, September 2000 and the fourth in March 2008. The latest, ninth edition, was printed by Navjeevan Press in 2018.
The Gandhinagar Local Crime Branch and the Sabarkantha Police, who are jointly investigating the paper leak racket, have found that the paper was leaked to this printing press in Sanand and was sold for Rs 9 lakh. Eleven people have already been arrested in the case.
As reported by Vibes of India (VoI) earlier, Gandhinagar Range IGP Abhay Chudasama had stated that the key accused is one Jayesh Patel, who is still at large.
His name was revealed along with that of Deepak Patel, an ambulance driver in a hospital in Singarva. Jayesh had given Rs 7 lakh to Deepak which had been seized from him.
Deepak’s interrogation revealed that he received a copy of the question paper from Mangesh Sirke, brother at HCG Hospital at Mithakhali in Ahmedabad.
When Mangesh was questioned, he disclosed that Kishore Acharya who works at this printing press in Sanand had given him the paper. Acharya, who ran the printing press, was found to have sold papers to Mangesh for Rs 9 lakh.
Meanwhile, Minister of State for Home Harsh Sanghavi told reporters that the opposition parties were trying to extract political mileage from the paper leak, while the State Government had ordered an elaborate investigation into it. Not only this, the government admitted that the paper had indeed leaked and as many as 11 people had been arrested for it.