Chennai, Feb 5 : Continuing its crack down on offenders who cleared the TNPSC Group-2A and IV exams in a fraudulent manner, the CB-CID wing of the Tamil Nadu police on Wednesday arrested three more people, including a cop, taking the total number of arrests to 32. A CB-CID release here said while 16 people, including three today, were arrested in Group-2A scam, 16 were held in connection with the Group-IV exam.
Police today arrested Villuppuram VAO Narayanan alias Sakthi for acting as a middleman in the deal. Arrested Cop K Sithandi (34), who during the 2017 Group-2A exam had received a total of Rs 82.50 lakh from seven candidates and handed it over to another cop Muthukumar (already arrested), who gave it to Narayanan to be handed over to the prime accused Jayakumar.
Again in Group-4 exams last year, he had collected Rs 7.5 lakh from 15 candidates and handed it over to Jayakumar, who had ensured five of them cleared the exams in a fradulent manner. The officials also arrested Home Guard D Boopathy after it came to light that he had helped five candidates to clear Group-2A exams by collecting Rs 55 lakh from them and routed it to Jayakumar through Narayanan.
Similarly V Karthik (30) of Arakkonam in Ranipet district was arrested for helping his relative Baskar clear the Group-2A exam by paying an amount of Rs nine lakh to Jayakumar, who was still at large. Police have announced a cash award for those providing information about Jayakumar.
Further investigations were continuing. Initially, the CB-CID probed the Group-IV scam and later irregularities surfaced in Group-2A exams also, following which a case was filed on January 31. It may be recalled that the TNPSC had on January 24 barred 99 candidates for life for malpractices in Group IV exams leading to the CB-CID launching the crackdown. The investigating agency also confirmed the involvement of a few government officials in the scam.
The TNPSC banned 99 candidates for life from the Group IV exam after inquiries revealed they had manipulated the answer sheets by using a special ink and replaced them while they were being transported to Chennai TNPSC office.(UNI)