CBI files chargesheet in APPSC question paper leak case

ITANAGAR, 9 Dec: The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has filed a chargesheet against 10 accused persons in the district and sessions court in Yupia in the Arunachal Pradesh Public Service Commission-conducted assistant engineer (civil) examination question paper leak case.

The premier investigating agency filed the chargesheet on Thursday, sources in the state police department said.

The case pertains to question paper leakage of the assistant engineer (civil) exam for 2021, conducted by the APSSC.

The CBI had taken over the investigation on 27 October this year after the state government recommended a probe by the agency.

The case was initially investigated by the capital police and later transferred to the Special Investigation Cell (SIC) of the state police.

The paper leak incident came to light after one Gyamar Padung, a candidate of the examination, filed a police complaint before the Itanagar police station on 29 August, claiming that he suspected that the AE (civil) examination paper had been leaked.

More than 400 candidates appeared in the examination held on 26 and 27 August this year.

The SIC had arrested 10 persons, including the APPSC’s deputy secretary-cum-controller of examination Taket Jerang.

APPSC chairman Nipo Nabam had on 14 October resigned on moral grounds.

The state government had also ordered probe into all exams conducted by the APPSC since 2014 by the SIC. The SIC has so far arrested 32 people in various cases.

“The arrests were made following detailed interrogation and technical and financial analysis of the suspects. The SIC’s investigation into the paper leak matter is ongoing and all facts are being investigated in detail. All legal formalities and norms of professionalism are being maintained during the investigation,” SIC SP Anant Mittal said, adding that the SIC is committed to ensuring justice for the aggrieved candidates of various exams. (PTI)