ITANAGAR: The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), investigating the Arunachal Pradesh Public Service Commission (APPSC) paper leakage case, raided nine different locations in the state.
During the raid conducted on Wednesday, the premier investigating agency of the country recovered several incriminating documents and articles related to the case, a senior police officer quoting a CBI statement said on Thursday.
The team also recovered handwritten questions from the Arunachal Pradesh Teacher Eligibility Test (APTET) of 2016, state's Special Investigation Cell (SIC) SP Anant Mittal informed.
The Guwahati-based CBI office had last registered on January 6 against Minoty Borang Saroh and others about leak questions papers of preliminaries and main exams and selection of undeserving candidates in Arunachal Pradesh Public Service Commission Combined Examination (APPSCCE) 2017 conducted by the APPSC on July 29, 2018, and November 10, 2018, the SP said.
The investigating agency had also conducted searches at around 16 different places in Arunachal Pradesh, West Bengal and Uttar Pradesh on November 3 last year. The searches resulted in the recovery of incriminating documents and articles including, fake and counterfeit stamps of the executive magistrate of Arunachal Pradesh, executive engineer, State Bank of India, hard discs, pen drive etc.
The last case filed by CBI was on January 6, an FIR at its regional office in Guwahati against a case about all irregularities committed in the examinations conducted by the APPSC since 2014. The SIC had been investigating the case and arrested 46 persons so far including 39 government officials.
The state government had recently recommended CBI enquiry into the case in addition to the paper leak case being investigated by the premier investigating agency. The question paper leak incident of the assistant engineer (civil) exam, conducted by the APPSC came to light when one Gyamar Padung a candidate, filed a police complaint before the Itanagar police station on August 29 last year claiming that he suspected that the AE (civil) examination paper had been leaked.
More than 400 candidates appeared in the examination held on August 26 and 27. In October last, the state government handed over the case to CBI. The CBI filed a charge sheet against 11 accused persons at the District and Sessions Court in Yupia near here, on December 8.
The premier investigating agency had taken over the investigation on October 27 after the state government recommended a probe by the agency. The case was initially investigated by the Capital police and later transferred to the SIC.
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