The Enforcement Directorate (ED) initiated a series of searches on Monday at various locations in Rajasthan as part of a money laundering investigation connected to an alleged exam paper leak case involving the recruitment of teachers in the state, according to sources.
The premises under scrutiny include those in the state capital, Jaipur, as well as in Barmer district and other cities. These searches are being carried out under the provisions of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA), as per the sources.
Over the past years, Rajasthan has witnessed several instances where accusations were made regarding the leakage of exam question papers for teacher recruitment. Similar allegations emerged in 2021 during the hiring process conducted by the state education board, as well as in the previous year during a test administered by the Rajasthan Public Service Commission (RPSC). These incidents have raised concerns about the fairness and integrity of the recruitment procedures in the state.
The ED’s current search operation is part of a wider effort to investigate possible money laundering activities associated with these exam paper leaks. The agency aims to uncover any illicit financial transactions and trace the flow of funds related to the alleged irregularities.
As the investigation progresses, the Enforcement Directorate will analyze the gathered evidence to establish links between the exam paper leaks, money laundering, and those involved in these unlawful activities. The ED’s intervention underscores the authorities’ determination to ensure transparency and fairness in the recruitment process and to bring those responsible for any wrongdoing to justice.
The examination paper leak incidents have not only eroded public trust in the state’s education system but have also impacted the aspirations and opportunities of deserving candidates. The enforcement agencies’ actions seek to restore confidence in the recruitment procedures and uphold the principles of meritocracy and equal opportunity.
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