Seven persons from a private college were arrested on Monday for their alleged involvement in leaking the final year BSc question paper of AU. Involved in the leak of the question paper are the Principal of the college, a lecturer and four students.
The question paper reportedly got leaked on March 16 and the AU authorities received a WhatsApp message regarding the leak half an hour before the exam. The message even contained images of the leaked question paper. Following this, AU Registrar V Uma Maheswara Rao cancelled the BSc-III mathematics exam that was already in progress in 79 various centres of the university.
The arrested have reportedly been identified as Kuracha Suresh (43) – Principal and Chief Superintendent of Vidyarthi Degree College, Chodavaram, Kuracha Santhosh (27) – a relative of the principal and who also works as a computer operator in the college, Pasila Gunaji (20), Bodi Demudu (20), Puthi Thrinadh (21), Vijaya (all students) and Murali, a maths lecturer in the college.
DCP Naveen Gulati told reporters, “Some BSc final year students of the college had approached the Principal and his cousin, Santosh, a day before the exam and requested them to leak the paper, as they were not prepared for it since the maths lecturer had quit the college midway during the year. On their request, Santosh asked the students to come to the college around 9 am on March 16 as the examination was scheduled to begin at 2 pm. The students were given a photocopy of the question paper. The students then approached another mathematics lecturer Murali to solve the paper. Gunaji took a picture of the question paper and uploaded and circulated it through WhatsApp.”
The message that reached the AU Registrar half an hour before the exam was checked against the master copy and resulted in the exam being called off. Further investigation into the case is still on.