An Egmore Metropolitan Magistrate on Friday remanded S Jayakumar, prime suspect on Tamil Nadu Public Service Examinations scam, to the custody of the Crime Branch CID Police for seven days.
Jayakumar, a clerk in the TNPSC who allegedly masterminded the manipulation of question and answer sheets in the 2017 examination to Group II and IV services , surrendered before a Saidapet court on Thursday. The magistrates remanded him to judicial custody with a direction that he should be produced before concerned court in Egmore.
Jayakumar surrendered a day after his alleged accomplices, Tamil Nadu Police Reserve Police constable K Sithandi and record clerk in the department Omkanthan were arrested. The CB-CID police recovered from Jayakumar's residence in Mogappair in Chennai 60 "magic pens" that use vanishing ink and which were allegedly used to tamper with the papers. They also seized pen drives and other documents after Jayamumar absconded.
The fraud was committed in the 2017-18 examinations for recruitment to Group IV and II-A services, according to the police. The three suspects got the question papers from a printing press and answer sheets from the PSC department and corrected the answers of those who had paid bribes.
Over 700 are said to have got Government jobs through these fraudulent means. It remains to be whether they will be suspended pending enquiry. The main opposition DMK suspects that such a major scam cannot have happened without the involvement of top IPS and IAS officials, besides Ministers.
The question that is being asked is whether the CB-CID will unravel the whole mystery or use the custodial interrogation to shield those at the top who may have been involved.